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Flight Exercises

Launch Practice

It is always best to begin your RC flying journey with a simulator and/or a trainer plane. This will help you get started and means you won’t have to make your first beginner mistakes on your brand new Roprey! Once you start with your Roprey, there are some simple flight exercises that you can do to help you get a feel for it. Be sure to start with your battery fully charged, and be sure to keep your model level and still for 5 seconds after the battery is connected to ensure the stabiliser is set up correctly.

Then go through your pre-flight checks pressing the button below:

Now it’s Time to do some Flight Excercises

Select full stabiliser, face into the wind, select ¾ throttle, and launch hard and level into wind. Don’t throw the model up, throw it flat! Let the model travel a short distance, turn the throttle all the way down, and allow it to land. Repeat this process a number of times, allowing the model to go further each time. Be sure to always throw it directly into wind, walking back to the start point if necessary.

As you do this, take note of what the model is doing in flight. Is it going left, right, up or down? This can be corrected by using the trims on the transmitter. Change the trims until the model flies dead centre and slightly up once it is thrown.

Once you are comfortable flying the model in a long straight line, it’s time to turn in a circle! Set up and launch as before, but this time as the model flies forward pull back on the stick and allow it to climb. You may want to move the power up to full. Once you are “2 trees” high, steer the model to the left or right. It’s important to commit to the turn. A small press on the stick will do very little with the stabiliser on full, after all it’s supposed to make the controls numb and more forgiving of twitchy fingers! Move the right stick ¾ or all the way to the side, and hold it there until the model does a full turn back to the original direction. If the model starts to lose height in the turn, pull it gently up by moving the right stick down.

Once the model is facing back into wind, turn the throttle down, maybe off, and glide the model into land. Congratulations! From here it’s just a case of building up the flight time, getting more of a feel for the model, and getting your falcon started.

Figure of 8

Once you are happy flying a few circles, it’s time to try figure of 8’s. Flying this pattern makes you practise flying the model when it’s facing towards you as well as away. When the model is facing you, the lefts and rights are reversed so it’s important that you have practised on a simulator first!

Keep the model in front of you at all times, not over your head or behind you. Also try and keep the model at the same altitude the whole time. This will test your ability to manage the throttle.

Launch the model, and do a complete circle back round to straight. Then turn a complete circle in the opposite direction. These imaginary circles should only just touch, and should be the same height from the ground all the way around.

Predator and Prey

When two pilots get together, one can act as the predator, and the other the prey. One must lead and the other follow. The leader may only use ¾ throttle, and must move smoothly and gently to begin with. The follower may use full throttle, and has to stay as close to the leader for as long as possible. Be sure to know which model is yours, confusion can make for a spectacular crash!

With practice, the flights start higher, go faster, and get closer to the ground. Sometimes there is contact, and both pilots must act quickly to regain control. A great display can be put on with two skilled pilots, one Rocrow and one Rofalcon.