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Old 03-29-2021, 02:56 PM
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About 10 years ago when I took up pattern flying, I couldn't find a book to help me. Lots of stuff on 3D but noting on pattern. The best book I could find was for full size aerobatics by the late Neil Williams. After struggling through the first round of competitions and setting up some training courses, I wrote a thread elsewhere on how to start off in precision aeros. Like all threads it became too difficult to navigate easily and someone suggested I write a book.

Some years later, and having re-written 90% of the original text, I now have a book available. If you are interested you can reach it on Amazon - just type in Model Aircraft Precision Aerobatics. It's available as a Kindle or paperback. Be happy to respond if you have any queries.

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Back when the Internet was young and we didn't have all the clickbait ads and pictures to contend with you could get a lot more information on things like pattern flying. That's where I got my information: what the different classes were, what the pattern was for each class, how to fly each pattern including entry and exit, how to set up you plane for stable flying; who was in your area that could help (yes they actually did help); all the things you needed to know. And it was all free.
The Internet was developed for engineers and scientists in schools, companies and the military to work with each other over long distances so information that wasn't classified was readily available. Today it's full of crap for people who want to play games, watch movies, shop for unnecessary toys and read drivel. And, of course, it's loaded with pictures that slow all the engineering speed improvements for the original users down to a what we had 20 years ago.
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Just like to thank the 49 of you who have bought my book and hope that you are finding it useful. If you have any comments about it please feel free to post and I'll respond.
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Hi Folks

Just thought I'd update you with where these books have been bought. In descending order of sales they are: United Kingdom, USA, Italy, Germany, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.

Total sales to date now exceed 150 copies.

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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.:

MODEL AIRCRAFT PRECISION AEROBATICS

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
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Just a casual observation I've recently made about my flying, and which I've noticed in a few other performance sports I've participated in over the years is that I have tended to "learn" to get good at something. I put "learn" in quotes because I'm like the person who's learned to play many songs on a piano, but can't actually play a piano. They can play whole songs and string together parts of those to play medleys, but they can't play a piano in the true sense.

Two things really brought this to my attention. While learning to fly heli's I had no trouble with flying around and flying towards myself for landing until the heli stopped nose-in in a hover. I was using the "flying towards myself" part of the brain from my fixed wing experience but didn't have a "hovering nose-in" part wired up yet. Although for all intents and purposes the orientation and control reactions are identical.
The 2nd one was flying the heli inverted, the "flying inverted" part of my brain was wired to the fixed wing down elevator pressure almost like a TX condition switch, pulling "up elevator" to fly the heli inverted kept jarring my brain out of it's "inverted" mode.

Those two things got me thinking and it's a re-occurring theme for me. Learning to do something specific well, then combining that with something else to build a repertoire of learned actions rather than develop the fundamental skills. There's a reason students practice the scales when learning to play a piano, but we don't seem to have an equivalent approach for learning to fly a pattern ship. We're stuck on learning the sheet music and improving how you press the keys.

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All good points bjr_93tz. The best way to learn new tricks is to think the whole process through on the ground first. Trying it out in the air without thinking about it is usually a precursor to a bad outcome! For example, learning how to do a bunt is best done either by starting much higher than you would normally fly or else rolling inverted and pushing. I always encourage people who are learning to speak aloud key facts such as PUSH PUSH to get the natural tendency to pull when in difficulties. Saying this out aloud, at least for me, reinforces the message. In pattern, we spend roughly half the time flying inverted or carrying out negative g manoeuvres. After a while it becomes second nature but, as you point out, learning this new procedure is neither quick nor easy but requires perseverance.
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If you are looking for a present for Thanksgiving or even Christmas or the New Year, why not drop some hints to your friends and family about buying you this book. Alternatively, you might want to buy the book to give to a buddy who is getting into pattern aerobatics. You will find the book by following this
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Over 400 books/kindles have been bought world-wide. Get your's now and start practicing to impress your buddies in the 2022 season!

Incidentally, the book has both been bought and been recommended by both the President and Treasurer of the NSRCA, the AMA's specialist body for aerobatics.
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At the December 2021 AGM of the Great Britain R/C Aerobatic Association, a motion was passed that completely changed the existing Clubman Schedule. I took the decision, therefore, to update the section in my book for the Clubman Schedule. As I had had a number of suggestions for improving the book, I took the opportunity of incorporating these suggestions. I also changed the Practice Routines chapter as it was no longer much use with the new Clubman and then took the opportunity of adding a description of how to fly the Intermediate Schedule as an Annex. A few pilots, who are more experienced at aerobatics, are now entering competitions at the Intermediate Schedule level, the next schedule after the Clubman.

This has resulted in the book increasing in size from 136 pages to 189 pages. Unfortunately, this has pushed up the price but I hope you will think that Edition 2 is well worth the price. The book is available from
Amazon.com Amazon.com
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Amazon.co.uk Amazon.co.uk
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Amazon.ca Amazon.ca
, https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B09QN72NVK,
Amazon.de Amazon.de
, https://www.amazon.es/dp/B09QN72NVK and https://www.amazon.it/dp/B09QN72NVK.

If you have any comments on the book, please feel free to PM me.
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Hi Folks,

Just a quick note to say that both Edition 1 and Edition 2 of my book has now sold over 600 copies world-wide. Thank you to all who bought it.

If you are looking to get into precision aerobatics, it's a great book to get you started. It's available from Amazon - just type in "Model Aircraft Precision Aerobatics Edition 2" in the query box and you will find it.
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Hi Peter.

I bought this book last April and It is just great!

Unfortunately, I haven't had very much opportunity to put the lessons into practice as there are usually several pilots teaching beginners takeoffs and landings at our club during the time I have to practice. I'm currently flying a small foamy Extra 300 so I can't fly it very far from the runway and still see the orientation.

Hopefully, this season I will have my 2M plane finished and be able to practice maneuvers at 150 M out from the flight line, out of the way of the landing pattern.

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Hi Gorilla Toast

Thanks for the feedback on my book. I hope you get to enjoy flying your 2 mtr. Do use one of the trimming techniques to make sure you set it up correctly. A badly setup model, even a 2 mtr, will not help to one bit! Which 2 mtr is it that you have got?

Flying at 150 mtr out is not easy to achieve initially and requires constant practice, preferably with someone to advise on how far out you are. The wind is a constant challenge when it is blowing across the flight path - which it always seems to be all the time! A small key chain camera or a GPS will help to let you know how far out your aircraft is.

Good luck.
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Thanks for the counsel Peter.

It's a Jeff Carder design, "Lightning" from 2011.He offered free plans and a short kit including wing and stab cores was available from Eureka Aircraft. It turned cold last fall before I could paint it, so now I'm waiting for spring to arrive to finish it up.

At our field there is a low tree line about 200 M out from the runway, so I've got a pretty good idea where 150M is.

I've used the trimming techniques on my little Extra, but its control surfaces are not very precise so it's hard to tell sometimes what effect the adjustments are making.


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Looks good GT. I had a look at the website and the thread on RCU on the build. Not often you get a plan and short kit being offered for a 2 m bird.

Go sparingly with the spray paint! Will keep an eye out on the Lightning thread on how you get on.
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I recently received a review of Edition 2 of my book from Andrew Palmer. Andrew flies in the the New Zealand F3A Aerobatics team and has represented NZ in many World and Continental Championships. He posted this comment on FaceBook and is happy for me to use it here:

Interested in radio control aerobatics (or just improving your model setup and flying)? Peter Jenkins (UK aerobatic flying enthusiast) has recently released a second edition of his book "Model Aircraft Precision Aerobatics".

This second edition is a book I would thoroughly recommend to anyone starting out in aerobatic flying. It also contains some good words of advice to more experienced pilots.

Well done Peter!



If you would like a copy you can buy one from Amazon.com (
 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09QN72NVK https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09QN72NVK
or just type Model Aircraft Precision Aerobatics into your country Amazon) as either a Kindle ($9.99) or paperback ($33.87).


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Hi Folks

Total sales of this book have now exceeded 700 world-wide. There appears to be quite a demand building up as the year progresses. All the feedback I've had has been how useful the book has been even if you are not interested in entering aerobatic competitions. You can find the book on Amazon - just type in Model Aircraft Precision Aerobatics by Peter J Jenkins.

If you have any feedback, please feel free to contact me via a PM.

Thanks
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Just to let you know that my own and Amazon sales have just passed 800 world-wide.

You may find the latest endorsements on the Amazon site of interest and I have reproduced them below:

C. LONDO
5.0 out of 5 starsAwesome RC aerobatics book.! The new standard.!
Reviewed in the United States on 3 September 2022
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Excellent book. Concise and very clear. Optimize for kindle. Very helpful. Recommend anytime to anyone in the hobby wishing to improve aerobatics skills

Richard Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Reviewed in the United States on 5 September 2022
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Very good book that covers a lot of ground.

Incidentally, the breakdown of Amazon and my sales are as follows:
  • UK ..............390 + 135 (sold by me) = 525
  • US ..............205
  • Aus/NZ ........32
  • Canada ........12
  • Germany ......11
  • Spain ............ 6
  • Italy ............. 6
  • Netherlands.... 4
  • France ........... 1

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