Pushed half-loop, hammerhead, flip: work routine in "Voltige Totale"
For academic pilots or those who believes in the virtues of a little bit of discipline ...;) My execution is far from perfect!
Here is a sequence of 3 figures that allows you to work on your piloting. It requires little energy and can be performed from a moderate altitude: pushed half-loop, hammerhead, flip. More details:
- Steady flight parallel to the slope
- Pushed half-loop
- Inverted steady flight
- Pushed vertical climb
- Pulled recovery
- Pulled vertical climb
- One and a half flip
- Pulled recovery
To my taste, "succeeding" in this sequence is not just about doing the 3 figures in a row. We can improve a lot on their aesthetics and their placement in relation to the pilot:
- Is the half-loop really round?
- Is the inverted steady without oscillation at the exit of the loop, horizontal, straight in yaw? (mine on video is not!)
- Is the pushed climb vertical?
- Is the hammerhead kicked at the right time? (mine is a little bit late)
- Is there a true vertical segment descending after the hammerhead?
- Is there a steady between the reestablishment of the hammerhead and the initiation of the next climb? (For example in my video it is almost nonexistent, even if we guess a release of the stick)
- Is the one and a half flip kicked at the right time?
- Is the flip-rotation-stop clean? (quite difficult for me, I always have a little extra nose-up)
- Is there a real vertical segment going down after the flip?
- Is there a steady between reestablishing the flip and exiting the sequence (here a turn towards the slope)?
Regarding the placement, we can try to have the hammerhead just in face of the pilot, while the half-loop and the flip would be roughly equidistant on either side of the pilot. In my video the half loop is a bit too far and the flip is a bit too close ...
The advantage of filming yourself while piloting is that you can realize afterwards the difference between what you thought you were doing and what you actually did ...:
- Small tendency to pull for brakes before engaging the half-loop?
- Exit from the half-loop too much pushed so I went straight to the vertical climb because it is scary to pitch up in inverted flight to restore the level?
- No real vertical segment before and after the hammerhead?
- Easier to manage a curve than a steady between the vertical descent and the next vertical climb?
However, I am not a supporter of geometric rigor in relation to the ground, rather to nuance it with the movement of the mass of air: especially if we cross an area where it drops, let it fall ... It conserves energy better at my taste.
There you have it, a little sharing of what I find beneficial to work on to improve the aesthetics of my trajectories! :)
What do you think?
Have fun at slope!