Aerobatic Manoeuvres (Tutorials)

This tutorial page is included for the benefit of the Severn Spinners RC Aero Model Flying Club members and also others who are keen Radio Control model flyers. We are based in Kidderminster in the County of Worcestershire. Our local area includes Bewdley Stourport Bromsgrove Redditch Malvern Worcester Wyre Forest Kidderminster Haleowen and Stourbridge. All are welcome to come along and visit our Flying Club even just to chat with like minded peoples. At most times there is some pretty good flying going on and a wide selection of model aircraft to see. We are an easy going friendly bunch of keen flyers who just love this great hobby and sport of ours.

Please note 
You can SELECT a manoeuvre ‘tutorial’ either from the PULL DOWN MENU shown or by clicking on a text LINK below:

  1. Inside Loop
  2. Outside Loop
  3. Roll
  4. Stall Turn
  5. Spin
  6. Immelmann Turn
  7. Split-S
  8. Cuban 8
  9. Half Cuban 8
  10. Reverse Half Cuban 8

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You may also wish to consider other Aerobatic Manoeuvre Variations (For info only).


Once you’ve learned to fly your rc airplane confidently, it’s time to step it up a notch and learn some basic RC airplane aerobatics!

Flying aerobatic manoeuvres with your RC plane is great fun and all part of radio control flying, but you need to start off slowly and not try things that are too complicated to begin with. It’s so important to always keep within your flying abilities, and progress steadily!

The tutorials here will ease you into performing some simple stunts with the most basic manoeuvres being the Inside Loop, Outside Loop, the Roll and the Stall Turn. Once you have mastered these manoeuvres you can then start the more complicated for example the Cuban 8, Half Cuban 8, Reverse Half Cuban 8 and so on.

Important Points to remember!

1. When performing RC aerobatics of any kind, you need to fly in a very responsible way especially if you’re flying in a public place and there are other people around.

2. Choose your flying site carefully – RC airplane aerobatics usually require more airspace than normal flying, so make sure that the area is plenty big enough with no trees, posts or pylons etc.

3. Altitude is very important with most manoeuvres always give yourself as much space as possible between your airplane and the ground. This way, if you do encounter difficulties, you stand a much better chance of not joining these guys! “Fly two mistakes high” is an old saying in the radio control flying hobby, and one worth remembering!

4. Also important to note is to fly a safe distance away from yourself but not so far away that you can’t see what your airplane is doing i.e. whether it’s up the right way or not. Disorientation is one of the biggest killers of RC airplanes and it’s easy to become confused about the plane’s position in the sky when you are performing aerobatics.

5. The type of plane will play a large part in how easily you can fly most aerobatic manoeuvres. RC aerobatic airplanes are designed for the job, and if your only plane at the moment is an ultra-stable high wing trainer then you will struggle to fly many manoeuvres well, especially if your plane has only rudder and no ailerons.

6. One final important point; the majority of RC airplane aerobatics are performed in to wind i.e. you fly the airplane directly in to the wind when starting the aerobatic manoeuvre. This gives maximum lift and airflow over the control surfaces.