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Old 08-20-2021, 02:25 PM
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The largest circulation R/C magazine in the UK, RCM&E, has just published a review of my book in their September Edition. The Editor, Kevin Crozier, is happy for me to quote his review in support of my book. The full text is below.:


Over the years the market for aeromodelling books has dwindled to the point that no major publisher that I am aware of is currently releasing new English language titles on a regular basis to appeal to R/C model aircraft enthusiasts. (If they are then they need to start sending RCM&E review copies!) It therefore takes some guts for a new author to write such a book, especially knowing that the only realistic way for it to ever see the light of day is to self-publish. But that is exactly what Peter Jenkins has done with his new handbook, Model Aircraft Precision Aerobatics: A Guide for Beginners and Improvers.

Peter used the Amazon CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing platforms to bring his 136-page book to life in both printed and e-book formats. And a very fine job of it he has done too! It even has an ISBN number: 979-8728383345.

Although intended as a primer for those interested in maybe someday competing in precision aerobatic competitions, such as the F3A class events run by the GB R/C Aerobatic Association, it really has much wider appeal and will be of interest to any intermediate or advanced level club pilot who wishes to improve their standard of aerobatic flying.

Written in an easy-to-read informative style, Peter covers the following topics:

Getting started

Basic concepts in aerobatics, including the effects of gravity and wind

Setting up and trimming

Flying basic aerobatic maneouvres

Practice routines for beginners

Flying the GBRCAA Clubman Schedule

Starting to fly in competitions

Aerobatic aircraft characteristics

One of the benefits of limited run self-publishing is that is relatively easy to add to such a book and in the review copy Peter has already added two Annexes for those pilots seeking more information on Setup & Trimming, as well discussing Some Aerodynamic Issues affecting F3A style models.

There's much to be learned from Peter's easy to digest writing, even for model pilots of many decades experience. For instance, if you find yourself screwing out at the end of rolls, rather than carrying on rolling on the (sort of!) straight and level, start rolling on a 45 degree up line until you have perfected a straight roll. With the danger removed of your model heading towards the ground after such a manoeuvre you can relax and really work out what you need to do to keep the model rotating axially. Then gradually reduce the angle until you can roll your model neatly across the horizontal.

This book is packed full of such gems and when you've read through it for the first time it would be well worth make notes of individual tips, such as the one above, and using a few flights to really hone your skills before moving on to improving another area of your flying. This will make much better use of your flight time than just stooging around the sky for five to ten minutes and pulling the odd scruffy loop and roll. Then, after a bit more practice, you could well be ready to take part in your very first aerobatic competition!

Available to buy from Amazon.co.uk the paperback version is priced at 19.99 or just 6.99 for the Kindle e-book.

Kevin Crozier