ERCS members have various interests in R/C flying.
TODO ask RickZ/Bob to provide a writeup.
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.
TODO ask Darryl to provide a writeup
Go fast. Turn left. Any questions?
TODO ask AllanU to provide a writeup
TODO ask Peter to provide a writeup
TODO ask Dave to provide a writeup
TODO ask Bob/Bruce/? to provide a writeup
TODO ask DaveC to provide a writeup