Originally Posted by Arcturus97
I haven't been flying planes much but did a few flights with a foamie yesterday. I was practicing holding harrier for extended time and steering with rudder. I was separately practicing continuous rolls (level, not in a nose high harrier) and trying to use the elevator and rudder inputs you describe - its ugly for me.
Can you comment if learning plain harrier and continuous level rolls first is a good idea for eventual rolling harriers? Any tips for transitioning from continuous level rolls to rolling harrier? My limited experience with just slow wings level harriers tends to suggest that the portions of rolling harrier with wings level is going to require full or nearly full up or down elevator.
The basics for rolling harriers is practicing upright and inverted harrier flight and knife edge flight on both direction. Point rolls and slow rolls are also a great way to get a hang of how the inputs are.
Your level rolls will become harrier (high alpha and slow) when you reduce your throttle, input (bravely) more rudder and elevator... the nose will start to pick up and roll rate will decrease. As soon as the nose starts to drop, your roll rate will increase big time.
For correct rolling harriers you need max (3D) throws on all surfaces... at the beginning choose a roll rate you are comfortable with but do keep more elevator and rudder throws available.