Thank You for your interest in Paraplanes.
In my efforts to provide you with
information the images below will take you step by step showing you how I fly my
RC Paraplane model. If you have any questions just ask I am always glad to help
when I can.
Use the steps above to learn how to
hold the model for launching.
ALWAYS USE CAUTION when the
engine is running.
Setting your engine for best flying
performance is easy if you follow these steps.
#1) Secure the model in such a way that
you can start the engine and adjust the needle without the model moving or
rolling out of control.
#2}Start the engine and let it warm up.
#3)Then open the throttle all the way and
listen to the engine as you turn the high speed needle out. (counter clock-wise)
The engine should start to lose power and slow down. When this happens stop and
turn the needle in slowly (clockwise) and listen as the engine starts to pick up
speed. When the engine peaks you have gone about 3 click to far. At that point
back the needle out 3 clicks.
Now lower the throttle to idle. The engine
should idle fine and as you break in the engine it will idle even
At this point you should have the engine
set real close.
To check the setting. Advance the throttle
to full power. Listen to the engine as it goes to full power. You want the
engine to run at almost full power when the throttle is at full power. The
needle should be about 3 clicks away from full power.
This will be a slightly rich setting and
is best for 2 reasons. #1 the engine is new and #2 as you fly the model you will
not use full power after the model is in the air and flying. Therefore if you
set the engine for peak rpm it will end up running lean and shut off because you
are not running the engine more than half throttle. In which case it is better
to be a little rich than lean.
So set the engine back 3 clicks from full
rpm at full throttle. If you find this is to rich then go to 2 clicks from full
power at full throttle. But, again it is better to be to rich than to be
Is your engine Rich or
Your engine is rich, When you advance the
throttle and the engine runs but never comes up to full power.
The result: The engine will run with out
making enough power to keep the model flying.
What do you do? When it is safe to land the
model. Shut down the engine by pulling the throttle stick all the way back. When
the model lands check it over and then readjust the engine 3 clicks from max rpm
when the engine is at full throttle. If you find this to be to rich go to 2
clicks out from peak rpm at full throttle.
Your engine is lean, When you advance the
throttle to full power and the engine runs up to peak rpm right away without any
The result: The engine will lean out during
the flight, get to hot and shut down without warning.
What do you do? Pull the throttle stick back
to half throttle and when it is safe to land the model shut down the engine by
pulling the throttle stick all the way back. When the model lands check it over
and then readjust the engine 3 clicks from max rpm. If you find this to be to
lean go to 4 clicks out from peak rpm at full throttle.
You don't want to set the needle for peak
rpm. You want to be a little on the rich side. When the engine is a little rich
on the ground it will be about right in the air because when it is moving there
is less load on it and the rpm will pick up a little.
With a rich engine you can make it back to
the landing area if it is making enough power. With a lean engine you may not
make it back to the landing area because the engine could shut off without
warning. Sometimes if a engine goes lean it will help to keep it running if you
come back to 1/2 throttle and ease it back to the landing area.
Hand launching is simple when you
know how it is done. The images below should help you a great
I have put the images together to
show you how it looks.
Practice these steps with the engine off and
you will have no problem when the time comes to fly. While you are practicing
you can follow through the motions and hold on to the model. This is also good
practice for the aborted launch which is shown below.
If there is a problem during a launch
the images below will show you how I abort a launch.
To abort a launch. I cut the throttle and
hold on to the model as I turn and swing it passed me. I then correct the
problem, restart the engine and launch again. Below are the steps and how it
Ready for launch, I advance the throttle to
Then I take a step forward and swing the
parachute out to pull air into the parachute.
As you can see the parachute is not open
correctly as I pull air into it. When this happens I cut the
Hold onto the main frame.
And swing the model around.
And beside me.
Keeping the lines tight until the engine has
stopped. I then correct the problem, restart the engine and launch
I have put the images together to
show you how it looks.
Please note at any time you have trouble. You can cut
the engine and the model will land itself. You can steer it into the wind for
the best landing. If flying in gusty wind and the parachute closes up. Lower the
throttle and if you are high enough the parachute will open up again and you can
get back on the throttle and continue the flight. If the parachute does not open
the model will land. If this is the case you should stop the engine when you
know the model will not recover before contacting the ground. Anytime you have a
rough landing you should check the model over for any damage. In most cases you
can restart the engine and fly again after a hard landing. Remember your model
has a parachute and will land itself if you turn it into the wind.
* * Helpful Information * *
The best tip I can give you is the
first flights should be on a calm day so you have full control of the model and
can see just how easy the parachute is to fly. Once you have made a few
flights and understand how the model fly's. Then you can do some flying in light
winds. As you learn to fly the model you will learn how much wind is to much for
I fly in just about all wind
conditions. But I understand that I am flying a parachute and that it is
effected by the wind. I do add a little more weight to my Gondola on windy days.
Just keep in mind that adding weight also speeds up the descent of a dead stick
landing. Adding weight also uses more fuel and I prefer to land with the engine
running right up until I touch down.
You must always remember you are
flying a parachute and it is effected by any and all wind. It is a must that you
always launch into the wind and allow the model to climb out. You do not want to
climb to fast. Climbing to fast can cause the parachute to become a brake rather
than a flying surface.
Keep in mind that the larger the
parachute, the slower it reacts to control input. When flying in wind it
can be even slower to respond. You can increase the response time by using
the throttle when you turn. Starting the turn and then adding the right amount
of throttle at the right time will swing the gondola out and make the model turn
really well. This just takes a little practice to get the amount of throttle to
add and the timing of when to add it. The best thing to do is to get the
model up high and practice turns while adding throttle to make the parachute
If your flying when it is windy
always add power when you turn down or up wind. This will keep the parachute
inflated during the turn. If the wind is high and blows into the side of
the parachute. It could cause the parachute to collapse on one side. If
this happens lower the throttle and the model should recover. If your high
enough the parachute will reopen and you can add throttle and keep
flying. If you are not high enough. Cut off the engine and let the model
land. Recover it and check for any damage before re-launching. Keep in mind you
may want to wait for a calmer day if the wind gust are above 20
Anytime your flying the model and
something is not right. Cut the engine land the model and re-launch. Always
be ready to cut the engine on launch if the parachute is not fully open during
takeoff. If you take the model off directly into the wind it will fly out
straight once it has been trimmed out. Watch as the model climbs out and do not
let it climb out to fast. If it starts climbing to steep lower the throttle a
little and let the model climb out at a lower rate.
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