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Old May 15, 2005, 04:36 PM
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New R/C Book – With an in-depth 3-D section!

Hello all,

Just a quick note to let you know about a new book that just hit the market about two weeks ago. It is titled “The Pilot’s Guide to Mastering Radio Controlled Flight”. There have been threads in other forums, but none here, so I figured I’d formally announce it here in the 3-D forum as well (as it has an in-depth 3-D section!).

Initially, my goal was only to outline a few hints and tips that I could pass along to my friends. What I ended up with is a 230-page book titled “The Pilot’s Guide to Mastering Radio Controlled Flight”. It covers many different aspects of R/C flight including an in-depth examination of primary training, precision aerobatics, and 3-D flight. Along with the text, I decided to include as many helpful diagrams (over 100 diagrams!) as possible showing precise stick placement and model positioning during each maneuver. Incorporated into the book is my 20+ years of R/C modeling experience as well as over 17 years of full-scale professional aviation experience including flight instruction, airline flying, and competitive aerobatic flight.

While initially envisioned as a tool for the new pilot, I expanded the book to include an in-depth analysis of precision aerobatics and 3-D flight. This book offers not only a solid and informative review of R/C basics (something that we all need to brush up on from time to time), but also offers advanced techniques for the more experienced pilots in our midst.

While many of you here in the 3-D forum will be interested in the 3-D section, I would encourage you to expand your comprehension and skills flying precision aerobatics, as the best 3-D pilots in the world were all accomplished at precision aerobatics first. I would offer that the skills learned flying precision aerobatics will only improve your 3-D flying.

Here’s what a couple of reviewers have said about the book…

"This is a must read for every R/C enthusiast!" - Matt Chapman World-Class Airshow Pilot

"Informative, comprehensive…Highly recommended.” - George Hicks 1st ETOC 2004

"What an incredible book!" - Scott Foster - 1st Place ETOC 2005

Click here for more reviews.

Click here for some sample diagrams and text.

For a full look at the book and for purchasing information, check out my site at www.rcpilotguide.com .

As always, thanks to RCGroups for allowing us little guys to announce and support products here on the Ezone. I certainly appreciate it, as I'm sure we all do.

Thanks for your time and my best to all of you,

Scott
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Old May 15, 2005, 06:31 PM
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Here is a sample diagram showing not only model position, but also stick positions. More importantly, however, I also cover all of the aerodynamics and theory behind the manevuers, as to really fly it well you need to understand the "why" in addition to the "how". For instance the diagram can't really show the pulsing of the throtte required to get a really tight waterfall. When you combine the text with the diagrams I think you have a very effective learning tool.

Scott
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Old May 15, 2005, 07:42 PM
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Mine came in short order. Though I fly Mode-1, the book has many useful ideas and explanations. Well written, easy to understand. Don't go flying without it.
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Old May 15, 2005, 08:07 PM
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I got mine, Scott. I think this one is destined to be a timeless classic as there's nothing in it that will become obsolete. Well done! Mine has been in my backpack since I got it last week and I expect an autograph inside the front cover next time you're in San Diego!

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Old May 15, 2005, 08:12 PM
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Mode, thanks for the feedback. I'm glad you're enjoying it!

Mark, consider it done... and thanks. I'll have to make a special trip I'll be flying Sao Paolo and Buenos Aires this month and next (leaving on a trip right now, actually, man I hope the internet connection in the hotel is working this week!), but you never know where I will end up. Thanks, Mark.

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Old May 15, 2005, 09:20 PM
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Scott

Is this mode 1 or 2? You're American, right?

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Old May 16, 2005, 05:04 AM
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I will answer for Scott since he's on his way to Buenos Aires right now. The stick positions shown in the book are Mode 2. (And Scott is born and raised in the good ole US of A, but flies a Russian plane so we've got our eye on him.)

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Old May 16, 2005, 10:12 AM
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I have a goofball Argentinian friend who calls the capital 'Malos Aires' (bad air).

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Old May 16, 2005, 04:15 PM
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I will answer for Scott since he's on his way to Buenos Aires right now. The stick positions shown in the book are Mode 2. (And Scott is born and raised in the good ole US of A, but flies a Russian plane so we've got our eye on him.)

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Thanks Neil... Beunos Aires is really cold this week... but the wine is still good

Bill- that sounds about right... clear air today though.

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Hey Scott,

Just curious, are you ex-military? It's really remarkable that one person can be not just accomplished, but masterful in so many aspects of aviation - RC, f/s aerobatics, and f/s heavy jets at once.

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Old May 18, 2005, 03:08 PM
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Hi Bill,

WOW. Masterful To be honest, aviation is kind of like a sickness. Once you catch it, it can be pretty hard to get rid of. I am not ex-military. At 31 years old, I'd still be in the military with couple of years to go and I've already been at United for 10 years. I longed to fly in the military when I was younger, but the Cliton's and the downsizing of our military precluded that unless you were an Academy grad. I have basically been extremely fortunate to have a mentor in my father and a true passion for airplanes. Thanks for the compliment.

Scott
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Tarnation, Scott. I got grandkids *almost* 31.<g To amass a resume such as yours at such a tender age is all the more 'masterful', i'd say. And add to that, successful author.

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Old May 24, 2005, 01:29 PM
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Tarnation, Scott. I got grandkids *almost* 31.<g To amass a resume such as yours at such a tender age is all the more 'masterful', i'd say. And add to that, successful author.

Bill(oc)
Thanks, Bill... just doing what I love. As far as the successful author thing, time will tell. The response from not only vendors, but more importantly, customers, has been tremendous. So far, I am extremely pleased at how well the book has been received. Thanks again!

Scott
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