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Old Oct 31, 2010, 11:02 AM
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Whats your favorite way to loose altitude?

Currently (as in today) my favorite way to loose altitude is to go inverted and pull an inside loop and repeat. I guess any way you come down without destroying your plane is great but some are just more FUN!
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Old Oct 31, 2010, 12:16 PM
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I'm old school, I just lower the throttle
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Old Oct 31, 2010, 12:17 PM
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Spin or split-s.

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Old Oct 31, 2010, 12:42 PM
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It depends on what I plan to do next. If it's an emergency landing (i.e., there's a full-scale coming into our shared field) and I need to land RIGHT NOW, I'd rather spin down to pattern altitude, then land. Spinning keeps the plane from picking up too much momentum, which I'd have to bleed off before landing.

If it isn't a an emergency, I may split-s, cut power and slip, or just cut power and spiral down. The first preserves momentum, so if I want to go back up, have speed for a maneuver, or just go fast, it's the one I choose.

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Old Oct 31, 2010, 12:48 PM
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"Lose" is the word you want there. "Loose" is what your belt is, when you lose your pants.
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Old Oct 31, 2010, 12:53 PM
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Point the nose down, punch WOT, pull up 3ft. from the ground
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Old Oct 31, 2010, 02:22 PM
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Xpress, it's fun to be able to rely on those carbon spars

I'd have to say that if I want to drop altitude FAST I like to point the nose down and do vertical rolls with or without throttle. This keeps the plane headed straight down toward a fixed point on the ground.

If I'm trying to lose altitude and change direction I roll inverted, point the nose down ... and let 'er drop... and then pull up. Very effective.
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Old Oct 31, 2010, 02:22 PM
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A split-ess is a marvellous manouver to turn height into speed, and reverse direction into the bargain.
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Old Oct 31, 2010, 03:37 PM
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Depends, am I doing it for fun or because I'm deadstick? Cut throttle and do a couple S turns usually. Cross controlling works ok too if I'm way out high though.
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Old Oct 31, 2010, 03:42 PM
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As a newbie, I seem to like to reduce altitude by crashing.
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Old Oct 31, 2010, 03:49 PM
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As a newbie, I seem to like to reduce altitude by crashing.
That's not reducing altitude, that's eliminating it. :P
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Old Oct 31, 2010, 04:18 PM
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Point the nose down, punch WOT, pull up 3ft. from the ground
+1


If I am flying something that will take lots of speed I do a split-S then point it straight at me in a screaming dive. This is even more impressive with a nitro plane as you can really hear the engine winding up – the Doppler effect makes it sound even faster as it accelerates towards me.


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Old Oct 31, 2010, 04:57 PM
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That's not reducing altitude, that's eliminating it. :P
Well, you CAN go into negative altitudes but you have to do a REALLY hard dive to accomplish it.

If you had seen some of my crashes, a regular surface crash-landing would still look like it had plenty of altitude
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Old Oct 31, 2010, 05:31 PM
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Well, you CAN go into negative altitudes but you have to do a REALLY hard dive to accomplish it.

If you had seen some of my crashes, a regular surface crash-landing would still look like it had plenty of altitude
Depends on where your 0 feet altitude is. If you're on the slope, the 300ft. drop down below the level of the slope is negative altitude
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