especially for a fledgling Pattern pilot.
Inevitably, a pull without the wings
being level will result in being inverted
on a bad in/out heading. How do you fix
There are many methods of
remembering correct inverted rudder
input. What works for me is moving the
inside wingtip with the rudder stick. Try
it. Roll inverted. Establish that the wings
are level, and the flight path is parallel to
the runway. Now move the rudder back
and forth. Take it easy at first. Chances
are that you’re going to need aileron
input to keep the wings level.
Congratulations, the Double
Immelmann is in your rearview mirror.
Breathe: Take a deep breath as the
airplane flies a straight line headed
upwind out of the box. Now relax; the
judging is turned off. At this point in
a contest, you may be slightly rattled,
which is why the sequence committee
includes box exits in the Sportsman
Take your time, fly circles if you want,
and stay upwind of the box marker.
Check your switches. Are they all in the
right position? In general, try to relax.
Shake it out, and get ready to head back
into the box for more fun.
Look for a full report about the 2015
edition of the Treasure Valley Pattern
Contest. Out of 15 contestants, four
entered Sportsman—nearly 27% were
Sportsman. Wow, let’s grow Pattern!
NSRCA sequence PDF files
105 Model Aviation SEP TEMBER 2015 www.ModelAviation.com