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Old 03-07-2010, 09:56 PM   #31
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Take the simple figure 8. It covers both loops and rolls, The basics of all maneuvers. Starting with the horizontal 8, then the Cuban 8 with the roll in the middle. Next it's done from the inverted position. Next is the vertical 8, regular, Cuban then from inverted. Also do with the wind blowing without losing position, Then practice, practice practice. This will keep you busy for an hr. or two.
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Old 03-07-2010, 10:25 PM   #32
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Just having a little fun here, Chad. In all honesty, I'd like to get back into pattern someday. I just can't afford both disciplines at this point in time.

OK, lots of good advice here. It all boils down to fly what you like to fly, set yourself some goals and practice practice practice.
No worries Dave, I plan to take my Sukhoi to one or two of the local imac events and show the boys how its done

To the topic at hand. One more thing I would like to mention is patience and effort. I have seen times when guys feel they should be able to master flying in a season or two. The simple reality is this takes a lot of time, sometimes many many many years of practice.

One of my biggest breakthrough seasons (when I had far more free time than today) I would practice 5-6 flights in the morning, and another 5-6 in the evening, almost everyday. I used up somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 gallons of fuel (on a YS 140L), which was around 1000 flights. I had a very significant increase in skill over the course of that year.

Today I fly much less, maybe 100-300 flights in a season depending on my mood, which is still more than most of the guys at the local field
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:12 AM   #33
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I in no way meant simple boring holes in the sky would get you better. What i meant was have someone judge you and critique you similar to a contest. many people don't want to compete but want to get better. I was suggesting that if you don't wanna compete, but wanna get smoother have someone critique you who is good. Always push yourself.

I agree competing is the best way but myself im a total sim junky. I have competed and enjoyed it but i have gotten better and better by watching videos online of people flying crazy maneuvers then trying it on the sim till its muscle memory then in real life. Rolling harriers for example.

I'm just not a competitive type. I don't go to contests often because i don't have motivation to win. my motivation is to always learn new maneuvers and things but everyone is different. If your not competitive like me. Flying at your local field but with a plan a goal and someone crtiguing you gets you very far... Not to your level Chad no question but you get good enough to make most people say wow.

It seems im doing a bad job of explaining myself lately.
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