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.


…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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