Piloting and trimming

Before flying is started a tethered model should be walked around the circuit to check clearance. Some provision must be made to prevent spectators or pets inadvertently wandering into the flying circuit.

Successful flying calls for a specialised piloting technique which can only be gained through experience and practice. For the novice pilot it is important that initial flights be undertaken using one of the profile `trainer’ models. These models are sufficiently tough to withstand heavy landings yet at the same time can be trimmed to provide a lively performance once basic skills have been mastered.

For indoor flying the pole base is best placed directly on the ground so that full advantage may be taken of ceiling height. Outdoor flying, more subject to wind influence, will generally benefit if the pole is positioned on a box or stool to raise the overall height to about 1 to 1.5 metres. An adjustable pole is ideal if you regularly use different flying areas.

Where outdoor flying is to be undertaken from grass or other uneven surfaces, some form of smooth runway will normally be required. This can be simply a length of flexible plastic sheet, hard board or a length of floor covering to provide a runway of 3 to 4 metres long. Although correctly trimmed models may be flown outdoors in quite windy conditions, initial flights should be taken in calm weather.