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Old Nov 30, 2004, 05:33 PM
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Flying Two Planes At Once!!!

This is often talked about at our slope. How possible would it be to fly two aerobatic slopers simultaneously, one on the left stick, and one on the right?

I mean, come-on, the kite flyers do it and we don't think much of them!!!

Has anyone tried?
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Old Nov 30, 2004, 05:44 PM
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Get 2 bowling balls on a cement or flat surface.. one foot on each then.. have two people talk to you about 2 totaly diffrent things on each side of you at the same time. You may get somewhat a feeling of what its like...

Better yet go try take pics and i video i wanna see.
I am sure its been done but i personaly know i could not do it.
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Old Nov 30, 2004, 05:58 PM
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Might be better to start out with two floaters that are at least 3 mistakes high.

Or how about two floaters on the same stick? They would just be following each other in the sky. You may need a huge field to land both at the same time!!!!!
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Old Nov 30, 2004, 06:16 PM
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You would have to have a very stable plane for them not to become unsynched though.
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Old Nov 30, 2004, 06:26 PM
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Start by learning how to fly *one* plane with your non-dominant hand.
Once you're really comfortable doing that, I don't think flying two planes
at once would be too hard to learn to do. Hell, if I can juggle
5 balls, I think I could keep two gliders in the air in the same time
doing synchronous maneuvers.

And I'd just set two transmitters side by side and fly them both
with someone ready to take one away to recover if something
goes wrong.

ian
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Old Nov 30, 2004, 06:35 PM
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Yes, it's been done with two Boomerangs and a JR 10x radio. Pilot was Jim Pourep. His comment: "it's not really very satisfying, sort of like tickling yourself." circa 1998?
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Old Nov 30, 2004, 07:02 PM
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I unintentionally flew two planes at once, but with the same stick. A buddy of mine had been attempting to attack my precious Pink Floyd all day long with his Weasel. He was finally successful and somehow got his plane stuck to the top of mine!

I managed to bring them both in for a landing - and I didn't have much time to plan it, because they were coming down pretty quickly. Luckily there was just enough altitude for me to make a gentle turn and line up with the road.

As for flying two at the same time with two hands. Good luck. It's possible of course, but what happens when they spread out and one is 500' to your left and the other is 500' to your right? I've tried flying with my non-dominant hand. I know it would take a lot of practice to even get my left hand up to skill to fly!

As with anything, it's worth a try if you have your heart set on it!
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Old Nov 30, 2004, 07:32 PM
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An Asside

Speaking of landing two planes with one stick, a while back a Cessna made the news. A student pilot flying one of his first solo flights was just beginning to round out on final when he felt a slight bump. He tried to straighten the flight path but ended up landing on the grass beside the runway and thought, "Well, at least I managed a good landing."

Turns out that at the same time a student and instructor were rounding out on their final approach when !SMASH! a rubber tire came through their windscreen and stayed there, lodged between the cabin-top and dash. The instructor took over, and, thinking quickly, veered towards the grass before touching down with the 'challenger' mounted above!

Unreal, but true, I saw the photo.
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Old Nov 30, 2004, 08:45 PM
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LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You have to find that photo!
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Old Nov 30, 2004, 11:29 PM
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The photo sure would be worth a gander

If I recall, this happened sometime within the last two years. If anyone has the know-how and a bit of time, a quick net serch might reveal the photo...

Piggy-backed Cessna's???
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Old Dec 01, 2004, 03:35 PM
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I saw the news report and picture on that one. Don't remember when or where. It believe it was a Cessna and a Piper. I imagine that a majority of the people involved needed new underwear after that little incident. Lucky lucky lucky!
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Old Jan 27, 2005, 08:52 PM
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Mwraight- was it a steelhead FLOYD? thats awesome!

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Old Jan 27, 2005, 08:59 PM
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nice
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Old Jan 27, 2005, 09:21 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by flystoolow
If I recall, this happened sometime within the last two years. If anyone has the know-how and a bit of time, a quick net serch might reveal the photo...

Piggy-backed Cessna's???
I believe your refering to this:

I guess this is one way to test the Load Limit Factor of an aircraft....eh
Now ya know why I got my license in a Cessna 152A "Aerobat" +6 -3 Load Limit Factor...can hold 6 times the weight of the entire aircraft and its contents!! I think the Cessna pictured is of the normal catagory.

Kevin
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Old Jan 27, 2005, 09:26 PM
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Couldn't you just use one 4 channel transmitter and one 4 channel receiver in each plane with the same crystal. All you would need to do is use separate channels so one plane flies with the aileron and throttle stick and the other flies with the rudder and elevator stick. Would that work?

lol, that pic is crack up.
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