CL Aerobatics comprises Beginner,
Intermediate, Advanced, and Expert
classes. Higher classes feature
more difficult maneuvers.
by Allen Brickhaus
The Control Line modeling community has seen an influx of young novice pilots come into the hobby, plus older adults who have either returned to the circles from RC
or jumped into the fray from their newly found interest in the
This article is focused on bringing readers information about
how to enter CL in whatever event you would like to join. The
Aerobatics or Stunt community is the largest CL community,
but the classes of Carrier, Combat, Scale, Speed, and Racing
are avenues in which you can further your skills.
Common CL flying is the use of a handle with a pair of
metal stranded or solid wires connected to a simple bellcrank.
The bellcrank is mounted in the body or on the wing and a set
of pushrods goes to all of the control surfaces.
Power plants run the gamut of ignition engines with either
glow or gas for fuel, plus glow fuel in either a two-stroke or
a four-stroke configuration. Electric motors have become
an important aspect in CL. There are plenty of experienced
modelers who can help you set up and run glow, ignition, or
electric power plants.
The Stuka Stunt forums and Stunt Hangar are two Internet
sources that can provide knowledge of a variety of venues,
classes, and information about many forms of CL modeling.
They can introduce you to many professional and home-based
Magazines and periodicals to read include Model Aviation,
Flying Models, the Precision Aerobatics Model Pilots
Association (PAMPA) Stunt News, and Control Line World.
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