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Old January 26th 05, 11:51 PM
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I am relatively new to aerobatics, and I have been flying only positive
manuevers so far. I am flying a 1978 Decathlon with wooden wings. Can
some one give me some tips on flying an outside loop? Things to be
mindful of, and so on? I have the entry speeds from the POH.

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Old January 27th 05, 06:44 PM
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Start with a half loop up, it's less frightening. Start out at your entry
speed, straight and level. Roll inverted and push until you're upright at
the top. The key for me is to keep pushing!! It's a sick feeling to be
bleeding energy inverted half way up and think you're not going to make it
upright. It'll feel like the radius is really tightening up at the top, and
it is, but if you start to relax the forward pressure too soon, you'll fall
out of it.

Shawn
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I am relatively new to aerobatics, and I have been flying only positive
manuevers so far. I am flying a 1978 Decathlon with wooden wings. Can
some one give me some tips on flying an outside loop? Things to be
mindful of, and so on? I have the entry speeds from the POH.



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Old January 27th 05, 09:36 PM
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What type of suggestions have you gotten from your instructor?

Dave

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Old January 27th 05, 10:50 PM
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Thanks Shawn. Does it feel like you have to apply a lot more stick
force than the inside loop? I would assume so since it takes some
input to fly level inverted without retrimming.

Dave, I am not suprised by your post, but do you really think I need my
question answered with a question? My instructor does not teach any
outside manuevers, as he normally flies a Citabria. Other options for
instructors are a very long way away and expensive. What does your
instructor suggest Dave?

Jim

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Old January 28th 05, 04:00 AM
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ShawnD2112 wrote:
Start with a half loop up, it's less frightening. Start out at your entry
speed, straight and level.


Good advice; however I'd start with a few days of push to a 45 or so
degree upline, roll upright, dive to get the speed back, level off and
repeat.

If this starts feeling good to you then do the half loop up as Shawn
suggests.

The idea is to gradually condition your body to the negative G-load.


Doug
Pitts S2-C
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Old January 28th 05, 05:53 AM
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You could do that, bu I don't find a -3 G load to be that much of a problem.
For me it's the visuals and other cues that were a bit more disturbing when
I was starting. That's why I started with a half loop up. And, by the way,
I haven't had the guts to try a full outside loop yet!

Shawn

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ShawnD2112 wrote:
Start with a half loop up, it's less frightening. Start out at your
entry speed, straight and level.


Good advice; however I'd start with a few days of push to a 45 or so
degree upline, roll upright, dive to get the speed back, level off and
repeat.

If this starts feeling good to you then do the half loop up as Shawn
suggests.

The idea is to gradually condition your body to the negative G-load.


Doug
Pitts S2-C



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Old January 28th 05, 04:13 PM
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Why are you not suprised by my post? The reason I asked the question
was because as a relatively new acro pilot myself who isn't anywhere
near inverted loops I was curious about what advice your primary
instructor had given you, perhaps based on what he was seeing during
your lesson. I've posted numerous times asking for advice, but
sometimes find that the best responses come when I give others an idea
of how my current instructor is having me do something. Therefore I
was in no way implying that you should only listen to your instructor
and avoid asking on this group.

Dave

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Old January 28th 05, 05:23 PM
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Dave,

Sorry for jumping to conclusions. I was just ready to see a bunch of
replies that said "do it with an instructor first".

You make a very good point.

Shawn,

Yes, the second half of the loop seems to be the intimidating part as I
visualize the manuever.

Jim

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Old January 31st 05, 03:19 AM
Adam Cope
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Get ready to be cleaning oil off the belly for a while.

Adam

Adam Cope
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703-623-9445


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I am relatively new to aerobatics, and I have been flying only positive
manuevers so far. I am flying a 1978 Decathlon with wooden wings. Can
some one give me some tips on flying an outside loop? Things to be
mindful of, and so on? I have the entry speeds from the POH.



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Old March 2nd 05, 02:47 PM
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DOug,

I just arrived on this forum, but something really important is not to
pull too much positive G immediately after gone negative. -3 to +5 is
physiologically more difficult than 1 to 9. (loss of conciousness)

Xav

On Fri, 28 Jan 2005 04:00:00 GMT, Doug wrote:

ShawnD2112 wrote:
Start with a half loop up, it's less frightening. Start out at your entry
speed, straight and level.


Good advice; however I'd start with a few days of push to a 45 or so
degree upline, roll upright, dive to get the speed back, level off and
repeat.

If this starts feeling good to you then do the half loop up as Shawn
suggests.

The idea is to gradually condition your body to the negative G-load.


Doug
Pitts S2-C


 




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