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Performing a Stationary Flip

How To: Performing a Stationary Flip

A stationary flip is one of the basic building blocks of 3D maneuvers. In it’s most basic form, it’s a loop performed without any forward motion. I like to perform them with pause at the inverted position. Let’s take a look at what it takes to do your own stationary flips.

How To: Performing a Stationary Flip
1. Start out in a stationary hover, with the nose pointing either left or right.
How To: Performing a Stationary Flip
2. Give the heli a small, quick blip of positive collective to give it some upward momentum.
How To: Performing a Stationary Flip
3. Quickly return the collective to mid stick and apply full back cyclic to initiate the flip.
How To: Performing a Stationary Flip
4. As the heli reaches it’s inverted position, start to feed in negative pitch. Also, begin to release the aft cyclic to halt the rotation.
How To: Performing a Stationary Flip
5. At the full inverted position, the cyclic stick should be returned to center. The collective stick should be at the inverted hover position.
How To: Performing a Stationary Flip
6. Now it’s time to go back to upright. First give a quick blip of negative pitch, again, to give the heli some upward momentum.
How To: Performing a Stationary Flip
7. Return the collective stick back to neutral and immediately input full aft cyclic to begin flipping again.
How To: Performing a Stationary Flip
8. As the heli reaches upright, begin to remove aft cyclic, and begin to feed in positive pitch.
How To: Performing a Stationary Flip
9. At the conclusion of the maneuver, the cyclic stick should be back at neutral and the collective at the upright hover setting.
How To: Performing a Stationary Flip
10. Ending back at your starting stationary hover position.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The trick in getting the flip completely stationary is to properly time the collective at the inverted and upright positions. It also involves practicing the maneuver until you instinctively know exactly where the upright and inverted positions are on the collective stick. If you are too early or too late in releasing the cyclic, the flip won’t end exactly upright. Keep practicing and good luck!

Words and Photos: Tony Yap

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