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Old Jun 15, 2014, 09:29 PM
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Thumb or Pinch Flying?

Title says it all!



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Old Jun 16, 2014, 03:36 AM
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Try both, and see what feels natural?

I'm thumbs myself, but come from a car background. Progression to 4 channels came quite quickly to me.
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Old Jun 16, 2014, 03:51 AM
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thumbs for me. unless you have a neck strap pinch flying is hard. Personally, i like holding the entire tx to give it that whole solid grip plus with thumbs i feel i have more range of motion.

I also think neck straps are a bit goofy but i do love the fact that i don't have to put my tx down and fumble with the plane and tx when retrieving my plane. So neck straps are only to be use when not flying.

A bit of topic but wth
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Old Jun 16, 2014, 04:32 AM
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four finger control

I like to have a thumb on top and a forefinger on the side of each stick. This helps accuracy and easily allows finger-controlled new-neutral if temporarily required, especially useful when circling in thermals, heading upwind, etc. This has worked well for me for over 4 decades.

And it allows me to hold the Tx in my hand without needing straps.

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Old Jun 16, 2014, 04:40 AM
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I do both!

I use my right Thumb for E/A and pinch the left stick for more precise control over Throttle or Crow and Rudder.


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Old Jun 16, 2014, 05:42 AM
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I do both!

I use my right Thumb for E/A and pinch the left stick for more precise control over Throttle or Crow and Rudder.


I do the opposite. Throttle and rudder seldom need fine control but ailerons and elevator usually do. I probably take off with pinch on both sides since I've flown a lot of tail draggers and they often need fine control until you're rolling pretty fast. Funny, I'm not really sure what I do on takeoff.

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Old Jun 16, 2014, 06:19 AM
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I am all thumbs, mainly when I have a unexpected landing
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Old Jun 16, 2014, 09:27 AM
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I do the opposite. Throttle and rudder seldom need fine control but ailerons and elevator usually do. I probably take off with pinch on both sides since I've flown a lot of tail draggers and they often need fine control until you're rolling pretty fast. Funny, I'm not really sure what I do on takeoff.

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I find that my thumb allows quicker reactions for the E/A but if I fly using left thumb then I find it hard to keep the T/R separate.
If, like today, I'm flying my glider then I'll use both thumbs while the stick is all the way up but when I pull the stick back for the spoilers then I need to pinch so I don't mixup the controls...
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Old Jun 16, 2014, 09:27 AM
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Strap and thumbs . Pinching feels awkward .
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Old Jun 16, 2014, 09:51 AM
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I could hardly fly until a 30+ yr pilot advised me to use the pinch method. Now I can fly fairly well. I think pinch flying allows for more precise control movement. With the thumb, there is too much leverage, so I tended to over-control.


Just my HO.
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Old Jun 16, 2014, 10:10 AM
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I think pinch flying allows for more precise control movement
unproven. there was a long debate over this same topic on the Electric Plane Talk forum with nothing conclusive. there are big names such as Somenzini and Jesky using thumbs. so what does that tell us? still nothing.

only a demonstrable test of pilot skills along with a documented study of at least 30 pilots (to make it a large sample) would provide reliable analysis.
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Old Jun 16, 2014, 10:11 AM
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Personal choice really!


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