Allen Brickhaus’ legacy is in part the vast
number of fledgling Stunt fliers who first tasted
the joy of competition flying at one of his Nats
Beginner Stunt events. These 2013 Nats Junior
Beginner fliers will remember the kindness and
help that Allen provided. Their careers in this
event will be ongoing tributes to a very special
man. Martine photo.
discuss the double maneuvers in depth
at a later date.
Tired of scribing the round shape?
Pin the square shape on the wall and
study that for a while. Follow the same
procedure as you did with the circle to
visualize and scribe the shape with your
hand. You will probably find yourself
focusing more on the corners than
on the flats of the square shape. This
is common. A square shape (and the
triangle) is more about the flats that
make up the square than it is about the
corners that connect the flats.
The next step is to pick up a handle
and “dry fly” the maneuvers, attempting
to simulate the actual control inputs
while scribing the maneuver shapes. It is
important at this point to learn to hold
the handle straight up and down. If you
have been holding it lying over on its
side during some maneuvers, you need to
break that habit.
Hold the handle so that it is
perpendicular to the ground when in
level flight. Many fliers bias the handle
downward, similar to holding a gun grip.
I used to do this, and Bill Werwage broke
me of the habit, improving my flying in
To achieve the required amount
of control throw in each direction
without undue muscle stretch, you
must hold the handle in a manner that
allows equal and easy up and down
movement. I cannot stress enough how
important this is. At first it will feel
uncomfortable because of how neutral
feels, but stay with it until it becomes
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