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Posted by Doug Simmons | Apr 14, 2017 @ 02:01 PM | 6,922 Views
At one of my favorite spots the landing zone is mostly surrounded by trees making a gradual and extended glide slope impossible. When flying the Timber, a giant air brake, I could come in to land in a nosedive, hit the flaps and stop on a dime. Not so easy with the E-flite Valiant which has relatively little drag.

Turns out there's a technique actual pilots of small aircraft use to lose substantial altitude without gaining airspeed, the Forward Slip to Landing: Pull back the throttle, apply aileron in one direction and rudder in the opposite, balancing the two to preserve your ground track which will no longer match where your nose is pointing, flying slightly sideways (slipping), creating drag and reducing lift. I'll test it out on my next flight.

How To Forward Slip an Airplane (5 min 18 sec)

I'm interested in other such "scale" maneuvers, like the various methods of landing in a crosswind (like crabbing), in part because being able to do that will help me pretend I'm an actual pilot, or at least fantasize that I'm no longer a beginner RC pilot like my club members call me (that stings, fellas, massage the language a bit please).

Edit: Though it wasn't that pretty, I tried it in the Valiant, and it works nicely.


Originally Posted by grant22
If u need to bleed off speed in a short distance, have u tried doing some S turns?
Works well for me.
Originally Posted by RyoOhki1701
Yes, S-turns or even full 360°'s before the runway, when there's room to spare and I have the landing circuit for myself.
Rookies.. :)