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So what is Control-Line Carrier-Deck flying?

Control-Line model flying has been around for over 70 years. It’s a half-way house between free flight (“chuck it and chance it”) and radio control. Control-line models are physically flown by the pilot, who uses a handle and a set of thin steel wires attached to the aeroplane to give control over the height at which the plane flies, and to limit its flight path to a circle (usually 60 feet in diameter).

 

Carrier-Deck is one of many different types of control-line flying. It’s one of the simplest to describe (flying a simulated mission from an aircraft carrier) but one of the most difficult to perfect…

 

This site has all the info you need to build a model of your own and enter competitions; have a look at the PLANS PAGE for something to build, and the 2018 CALENDAR for somewhere to fly.

NEW! CLICK HERE FOR UK NATS RESULTS!


…some folk said it couldn’t be done – not enough thrust, too heavy, just rather mad…

 

CLICK HERE for a Youtube video of Flyco’s 7lb EDF Phantom taking off, doing a fast seven laps then hooking on again!
This was the F4’s second flight after a rebuild that involved moving the fuselage centrally so that the model is now symmetrical (it had been assymetrical when a glow ducted fan was installed), revising the hook mechanism, and adding a fixed aileron and some tip weight to provide lateral stability in gusty conditions. It’s a bit frisky longitudinally, due in part to the all-flying tailplane I think, so some lead will be added to the nose to quieten things down.

Thanks to Robert Schulze, here’s a Flickr link to a US Carrier Nationals photo report. 

Flyco comment: I can’t believe they still have a centre judge walking round with a protractor to measure the model’s AoA when we’ve been using a painted line on the fuselage for decades, and those huge decks with ten wires at ground level must make hookups a real cinch. However, nice to see a real Class 1 scale model with a .60 in the nose!

Click here for full Grave-Escharen Results

 


 

Nigel Cheffers-Heard’s excellent Carrier-Deck Video: The Original or The Flyco Remix for alternative audio experiences!

 


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 Last updated 09-09-2018 at 17:05

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