ERCS members have various interests in R/C flying.
There is something about scale airplanes that sets our imagination free. Just as a child pushes his toy truck pretending to be driving the real thing, we "Big Kids" are just as fascinated by and pretending to be full-scale pilots flying our favorite Piper Cub or Spitfire through the air!
All scale model airplanes are miniature models of the full-scale version. An RC flyable scale airplane will fall in one of three categories based on how closely the model resembles the full-scale version. The three categories are True Scale, Semi Scale and Stand Off Scale.
True scale airplanes are exact replicas of a full-scale airplane, except for the size of course. The level of detail that can go into a true-scale airplane can be mind boggling!
Semi-scale planes look very much like the full-scale version, but are not exactly the same. The airframe of a semi-scale RC airplane may be slightly different from the full-scale version to improve flight characteristics.
Without a trained eye, it is difficult to tell the difference between a scale and semi-scale model. It is pretty easy to spot a stand-off scale airplane. A Stand-Off scale plane is made to resemble the full-scale version while standing off at a distance. But if you look at it closely it is nothing like the full-scale version.
With the introduction of ARF’s (Almost Ready to Fly) the opportunity to get your dream scale model into the air quickly has never been easier. ARF’s are models that have been built and covered by the manufacturer; most of the hard work has been done for you! Some people take an ARF and customize it with a different paint scheme or added scale detail. Most ARF’s will fall into the Semi-scale and Stand-Off category. To get that ultimate True Scale model you will have to build it from a kit or scratch build one from plans. Either way Scale RC modeling is a very rewarding and enjoyable aspect of the model aviation hobby!
Come on out to one of our Scale Fun Fly’s or Scale Competitions and see what the fuss is all about! I guarantee that you will have a great time!
Submitted by Scott Crosby
Radio Control Precision Aerobatics (Pattern) is another one of the many fine facets of our hobby. Pattern allows a modeler to set goals, fly in a disciplined manner and share the camaraderie of fellow flyers whom all enjoy displaying their friendly competitive skills. For the pilot hoping to fly round loops vice the oval routine or do a stall turn without wagging their tail or maybe fly a straight line crosswind, then Pattern is for you. Short and long term goal setting is paramount in conjunction with practice in order to meet your objectives. Short term maybe accomplishing a horizontal roll by end month to a long term goal of perfecting a four point roll by season's end. Flying Pattern in pursuit of your goals will always increase your skill level and proportionally your self-confidence, resulting in an increased enjoyment of this fine sport.
Aircraft flown in Pattern vary from the .40 size high wing trainer to a 1.40 size 2 meter aircraft designed precisely for Precision Aerobatics. In competition maximum the overall wing span and fuselage length is 2 meters respectively. Total aircraft weight without fuel is 5 kg and there are no restrictions on engine size. The five Aerobatic Sequences listed below were established and approved through MAAC and the Aerobatics Committee and are available to meet one's skill level and desired challenge. All maneuver are either a line, loop, roll or a combination of all to some degree. For example a half-reverse Cuban eight is a combination of a straight line-half roll-straight line and a five eighths loop. There are 397 different maneuver, inclusive of take off and landing of which the latter is the only mandatory maneuvers.
Explore the Sportsman level first to experience how the required maneuver will challenge you to fly that straight line and round loop. When satisfied with Sportsman move on up to Intermediate and so on as your skill level and aircraft permit. Ideally the Aerobatics Sequences are flown in a "Box" with an upwind, centering, and downwind maneuvers as identified below with a "U", "C", and "D". You do not have to have judges, be at a contest or fly the greatest and latest aircraft to perform these maneuver. Precision Aerobatics may be as diversified as the pilot chooses. To fly in a disciplined manner on a continual basis or goal setting for the upcoming Air Show demonstration, Pattern can provide you a means to improve your skill level and fly with confidence.
Have a look at the sequences, check out the links, contacts, the rule book, contests and a good deal more on this page as there is so much going on for you in Radio Control Precision Aerobatics. Pattern is like an investment, for the effort you invest, the dividends will be skill and confidence and above all, remember to use lots of rudder as rudder builds character.
Other Types of Flying
Combat - Compete against other pilots in an aerial dogfight. Aircraft have a trailing streamer that your opponents try to cut for points.
Pylon Racing - Compete on a race course up to 4 aircraft at a time. The aircraft fly fast and turn left.
Float Flying - Take off and land on water.
Electric Powered - All sizes and types of aircraft can be electric powered.
Jets - Model aircraft with real turbine engines.
Indoor - Fly electric aircraft indoors usually at the Hangar on Kingsway Avenue in Edmonton during the winter months.