Thumb flying or finger flying?? - Page 2 - RCCanada - Canada Radio Controlled Hobby Forum
RCCanada - Canada's Radio Control Hobby Forum
General RC Aircraft Discussion Discuss anything RC related

Closed Thread
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-08-2006, 05:52 PM   #11
RCC Supreme Contributor
I am: Bob D.
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Whitby, Ontario
Radio of choice:
Futaba 12FG
# of RCs: 1+

Feedback: 0 / 0%
Posts: 3,311
Total Props: 0

       Remove this ad - become a site supporter!
Thumb and index finger with a neck strap for me. You have to fly with what you are comfortable with.

Bob D.
Ajax RC Club
Indoor Aero-Choppers
Member of MAAC since I joined

Lighten Up, Life is waaaaaayyyy too short
Nuker is offline   Quick reply to this message.

Sponsored Links - Subscribe to remove this ad.
Old 03-08-2006, 08:20 PM   #12
RCC Senior Contributor
orenda635's Avatar
I am: Mike P
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Milton, Ontario

Feedback: 0 / 0%
Posts: 504
Total Props: 0
Thumb flying. Instructors kept telling me to finger fly when I was learning but that just doesn't feel right.
Currently driving: HPI Savage X SS 4.6 / Traxxas Mini E-Revo
Find me a the Milton Fair Grounds any sunny weekend.
orenda635 is offline   Quick reply to this message.
Old 03-08-2006, 08:42 PM   #13
RCC Pro Contributor
I am: Mike Clemmens
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Acton Ontario

Feedback: 10 / 100%
Posts: 1,768
Total Props: 0
First finger and thumbs. & a neck strap.

I extend the sticks as long as they will go, and I also crank up the spring tension as high as it will go. If that isnt enough, I install HD springs.

Oh ya.. Mode 1 rocks!
Mike Clemmens
50%300SFlyer is offline   Quick reply to this message.
Old 03-09-2006, 06:12 AM   #14
always flying
RCC Supreme Contributor
always flying's Avatar
I am: Manny H
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Lethbridge,Alberta
Radio of choice:
Futaba 2.4
# of RCs: 5

Feedback: 12 / 100%
Posts: 3,288
Total Props: 8
Head and shoulder knee's and toes..knee and toes!!...LOL!!

Thumb and finger for Ultra some i can't get comfortable with just thumbs..some of the best pilots out their use thumbs only.....BUT!! i'm a leader NOT a follower!!!..

always flying is offline   Quick reply to this message.
Old 03-09-2006, 08:52 AM   #15
RCC Supreme Contributor
JimMcIntyre's Avatar
I am: Jim McIntyre
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Claremont Ontario
Radio of choice:
# of RCs: 999

Feedback: 1 / 100%
Posts: 4,345
Total Props: 1
I flew thumbs for years. When I tried my hand at Scale Aerobatics I found I couldn;t get the precision needed. The person I was flying with (very good) convinced me to change to the pinch grip (finger and thumb). It was awkward at first bu I could see the results immediately. Haven;t looked back since.
MAAC# 12719
Si fractum non sit, noli id reficere - (If it ain't broke, don't fix it).
JimMcIntyre is offline   Quick reply to this message.
Old 03-09-2006, 09:01 AM   #16
RCC Supreme Contributor
I am: Ron O.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Millet, AB

Feedback: 71 / 100%
Posts: 2,809
Total Props: 33
thumbs only for 30+ years but I can see the merits of using more digits....Ron
reo is offline   Quick reply to this message.
Old 03-09-2006, 10:19 AM   #17
Cecil Marshall
RCC Expert Contributor
I am: Cecil M
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Sault Ste Marie,Ontario
Radio of choice:
# of RCs: 20+

Feedback: 20 / 100%
Posts: 946
Total Props: 1
Thumbs only since flying r/c (1974)....I've tried the other method but can't get used to it!....I'm not giving up though, I think the other way is more precise.....aahhh decisions, decisions
MAAC #11945L
IMAC #3709
Instructor Soo Modellers
Cecil Marshall is offline   Quick reply to this message.
Old 03-09-2006, 03:25 PM   #18
RCC Senior Contributor
2thelmt's Avatar
I am: ID
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Acton ON Canada

Feedback: 0 / 0%
Posts: 611
Total Props: 0
Thumbs for me. Allows me to keep my fore-finger on the triple rate switch for 3D flying.
Tried using both on the sticks but find my palm gets hung up on the Tx case. Someone needs to re-invent the Tx case, it's so arcaick.
"The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible." - Arthur C. Clarke
2thelmt is offline   Quick reply to this message.
Old 03-09-2006, 03:30 PM   #19
I am: Boolean21
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Singapore

Feedback: 0 / 0%
Posts: 38,228
Total Props: 56
Re: Thumb flying or finger flying??

Originally Posted by JKovats
I'd like some input, especislly from guys that have changed.

I have been a guy that grabs his Tx control sticks with his fingers(Thunb and first finger) and have been using my middle finger to flick switches etc. That's the way I started.

Anyway, as my flying and planes have advanced, I find the finger switch flicking etc a little awkward.

I started practising on my simulator using my thunbs on the sticks and using my index finger to switch on smoke, retracts, flaps etc and lo and behold it seems to be easier and more accurate. I also seem to be flying steadier with the plane in most manouvers.

Is this my imagination or is thumb flying better in the long run???
In general flying with some combination of thumb and index finger will provide more precision...namely because..

a) you have a second digit providing input on control (more feedback)
b) you can run higher spring tensions
c) you can run longer sticks (mechanical expo basically)

You will generally at least require a neckstrap to support the weight of the Tx for best comfort...and the Tx will generally be held higher than if you fly simply thumbs.

Its a totally different way to fly...just trying it without changing anything if you normally fly thumbs and are comfortable that way will often leave you feeling that it sucks. You have to spend some time and get it setup right and I bet the majority of people will prefer to fly that way.

Done right you have the same range of motion, same speed as when flying thumbs only.
PurgatorY is offline   Quick reply to this message.
Old 03-09-2006, 05:49 PM   #20
RCC Junior Contributor
abcool's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Georgetown,Ontario

Feedback: 0 / 0%
Posts: 200
Total Props: 0
Hi I started out with thumbs but now fly with index finger and thumb, got tired of hearing from instructors about letting the sticks go to return to neutral. with the finger and thumb method this is reduced so maybe keeping better control. As for reaching switched I don't seem to have that problems might be the big hands
It wasn't a crash it was deconstruction for improving
maac 73408

Alan Brace
abcool is offline   Quick reply to this message.
Closed Thread

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the RCCanada - Canada Radio Controlled Hobby Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

Member names may only be composed of alpha-numeric characters. (A-Z and 0-9)

!!ATTENTION ADVERTISERS!! If you intend on advertising anything on this forum, whatsoever, you are required to first contact us here . Additionally, we do NOT allow BUSINESS NAMES unless you are an Authorized Vendor. If you own a business, and want to do sales on this site via posting or private message, you will need to follow the rules. Shops, Stores, Distributors, Group Buys without being authorized will see your account terminated.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Your Name
Your first name and last initial is required if you plan on using the forum.
Which city & province you live in. This is mandatory for classified listings.
Radio of choice?
Which radio is your current favorite to use?
Number of RC Vehicles?
How many boats, cars, planes do you own?


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
vBulletin Message

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:40 PM.

vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2016 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.