Park Flying 1-2-3D flight training manual

  1. Learning to Fly Radio Control Electrics
  2. Basic Aerobatics
  3. 3D Stunt Flying

Whether you are looking to quickly learn to fly your parkflyer with control and confidence, aspire to fly better aerobatics, or seek the intense thrills of 3D flying, or all of the above, Park Flying 1-2-3D has you covered every step of the way.

Featuring the accelerated flight training techniques developed during the instruction of over 1000 students at 1st U.S. R/C Flight School, this book guides flyers step by step through each phase of becoming a better pilot with unparalleled efficiency.

Concise lessons and hundreds of illustrations with matching control stick diagrams make learning easy and fun, while special features help pilots bypass common mistakes and enhance practice effectiveness by focusing the pilot’s attention on controlling what the airplane does instead of merely reacting to it.

Section 1, Learning to Fly, highlights the essential planning and control techniques required to perform the four major phases of solo flight: Takeoff, trimming, turns and maneuvering (with and without ailerons), and landing.

Section 2, Basic Aerobatics, guides flyers through the 10 aerobatic maneuvers that instill the skills needed to effect a more fun and exciting R/C flying experience.

Section 3, 3D Stunt Flying, details the specialized airplane and control setups necessary to fly 3D, together with the flying techniques required to accomplish more than a dozen thrilling 3D stunts.

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Section 1: Ground School

Control Functions

Learning to Fly

  • First Flights Introduction
  • First Flights Planning and Environment
  • First Flights Positioning
  • Body Rotation and L/R Coordination
  • Trimming Rules-of-thumb
  • Hand Launch Takeoff
  • Ground Takeoff
  • Importance of Level Turns
  • First Flight Warmup Summary
  • Test Glides Before landing
  • Simulated Landings and Go Arounds
  • Landing Approach
  • Landing Flare
  • Simple Loop
  • Tail Slide
  • Lazy Eights

Section 2: Basic Aerobatics

  • Introduction
  • Airplane Considerations
  • Control Setup
  • Primary to Aerobatic Plane Transition
  • Parallel Positioning Foundation

Loops and Rolls

  • Rapid Step Learning Methodology
  • Basic Loop Sequence
  • Fixed Elevator and Throttle Rules
  • Round Loops
  • Basic Roll Sequence
  • Refine Horizontal Roll
  • Consecutive Rolls Sequence
  • 4-Point Roll Sequence
  • Refined 4-Point Roll

Loop-Roll Combinations

  • Immelmann Sequence
  • Half Cuban 8 Sequence
  • Refined Half Cuban 8
  • Full Cuban 8
  • Half Reverse Cuban 8 Sequence
  • Full Reverse Cuban 8
  • Split S Sequence

Section 3D

  • Introduction
  • Contrasting Aerobatics and 3D
  • 3D Airplane Features and Setup
  • 3D Airplane Features
  • Dual Rate and Expo Basics
  • Surface Travel and Expo Rules-of-thumb
  • Control Setup Basics
  • Differential Aileron Travel
  • Mixing Concepts

Bonus Foamie Improvements

  • Round Leading Edge Advantages
  • Balance and Right Thrust Principles
  • Tape Reinforcement

Flight Testing 3D Setup

  • Considerations
  • First Flight Trimming
  • Inverted Check
  • Travel and Expo Evaluations
  • Inside Loop Rudder Mixing
  • Outside Loop Rudder Mixing
  • Knife-edge Rud.-Ail.-Elev. Mixing

High Alpha 3D Maneuvers

  • Rudder Warmup
  • Elevator
  • Back Flip
  • Parachute and Basic Whip Stall
  • Advanced Whip Stall
  • Harrier Throttle Technique
  • Harrier Elevator Technique
  • Harrier Rudder and Elevator
  • Harrier Turns
  • Rolling Harrier Pass Rudder Warmup
  • Rolling Harrier Elevator Technique
  • Advanced Rolling Harrier Pass
  • High Alpha Rolling Turns
  • 3D Knife-edge Pass and Loop

Hovering and Tumbling

  • Hover Introduction
  • Basic Hover
  • Hover Tips and The 3D Wall
  • Torque Roll Introduction
  • Torque Roll Technique
  • Pogo Hover and Waterfall
  • Inverted Harrier
  • Blender and Conclusion


Here's what people are saying about the Park Flying 1-2-3D manual:

"Mr. Scott does a nice job of teaching a maneuver and then building on that maneuver as you progress through the manual. I liked the fact it was spiral bound, allowing me to flip it over as I studied a maneuver and making it easy if you have a flight sim to lay out the book in front of you to practice a maneuver you just learned. Another thing that stood out to me was the fact that Mr. Scott includes a view of the sticks on the transmitter and how to manipulate them to complete the maneuver that is being instructed. I would not hesitate to recommend Park Flying 1-2-3D to anyone who would like to become a better R/C pilot."

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"David Scott is an outstanding instructor that has many years of experience and tens of thousands of instruction flights at his school. His books are precise, well illustrated and fun. The main key he teaches is the ability to fly the plane pro-actively and not reacting to the deviation. You will love this book and will learn more from his experience and techniques in a short time versus learning something the wrong way and then practicing it into a bad habit. Learn it right the first time and get more out of your practice!"

- Tom Arnold. New Holland, Ohio

"Dave Scott takes his full scale knowledge, combines it with his RC skills, and writes a masterpiece. All the 
books in his series help pilots see the forest through the trees, and add a perspective that will take years to 
come by on your own. Why re-invent the wheel when you can take from his years of instruction, and build on it from there.

Pros: Excellent Information, very well written. 
Cons: Shows you how much you don't know."

- Pride Grimm. High Point, NC

"I would like to say that having read the solo and park flyer manuals and practicing the techniques described therein on a simulator daily has greatly improved my actual model flying . The manuals are one of the best investments I have ever made. Thanks for sharing your knowledge."

- Ron DePrez. Goshen, KY

"The books are great (Park Flying 1-2-3D & One Week to Solo). I fly reacting to the plane, but I am now working to control the plane using instructions from your book. I have made many improvements since I started using your books. I had some limited instructions from experienced pilots in my club but the instructions did not get into many of the areas that your books cover."

- Ross Schultz. Iron Ridge, WI

"The books are brilliant. I wish I had them to start off with 6 months ago as I would have understood with more clarity what I was doing wrong. The books make things very simple to understand and progress at a very steady rate."

- Stephen Colclough. Queensland, Australia

"Really appreciate the manuals, and the way they have been written. Many of the side notes have also been very helpful.  Adjusting the stick tension and differential aileron has helped me out a lot this week.  Anyway- I’m seeing immediate improvements.  I thought that following the structure in your book would remove the fun until the improvements and heightened level of enjoyment took over. The methodical way you isolate the critical aspects of where my control inputs need to be with each attempt at a new maneuver is awesome. Your books have helped me identify patterns of bad habits and incorrect inputs that I had been failing to identify while flying."

- Dave Edwards. Quincy, MA

"I just wanted to let you know how excellent and useful your "One Week to Solo" and "Park Flyer 1-2-3D" manuals are. We have some pilots in our club with over 40 years experience. They have expressed, on many occasions, how proficient I am for a new pilot. I give most of the credit to the material found in your manuals. They are simply the best source of information I have come across! 
Thank you so much!"

- Murray Wheten. Dartmouth, Canada

"Dave Scott offers an insightful and methodical teaching approach through all of his training manuals. Although this book is written for electrics, the techniques work just as well with glow or gas planes of any size. The book starts with a great learning-to-fly overview that is also a great refresher on good technique for any level pilot. Next the book dives right into aerobatic maneuvers which lay a foundation for gaining confidence and trying more advanced stuff. The bulk of the manual is spent on 3D flying. It offers the best explanations of rates, mixes, and advanced radio programming I have read. It does not just tell you how to do it, but when to use the mixes, when not to, and how they affect the flight characteristics of each maneuver. Detailed graphics and diagrams are included throughout to help explain everything in the text without any guessing. A great source of knowledge!"

- Kevin Brice. Milwaukee, WI

"Got a quick glance at one of your books today and what I saw looked very good."

- Mike McConville. Horizon Hobbies

"It takes knowledge to learn without crashing. The 1st U.S. R/C Flight School manuals are a great way to gain that knowledge. Each manual is well detailed and explains each lesson with excellent illustrations. For each lesson, matching stick movements are highlighted so that you can practice before you take to the air. Armed with an instructor and these manuals, your flight experiences will be more rewarding."

- Rick Bell. Editor, Model Airplane News

"You’re clearly the leader in the training category. Park Flying 1-2-3d is a superb manual and will be a tremendous asset to the entire sport."

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"I'm very impressed with the layout and content of your Park Flying training book. I have not seen anything that comes anywhere close to what you have put together."

- Wil Byers. Silent Flyer Magazine

"WOW!!!!  You have absolutely taken RC instruction to the top!!! We are grateful that you are providing such a fantastic service to modelers."

- Brian Bychowski. DU-BRO Products

"This book is packed with invaluable information that every flyer can benefit from, not just park flyers. If more people started using your books people would be talking about making progress instead of all the talk about crashing."

- Woodie Woods. Algonquin, IL

"The basic information in your new park flying book has been a big help to the school kids that I'm teaching how to fly on FS One simulator. The book has been invaluable to me. It has helped me understand all the principles I need to know to fly 3D. Whereas I could not do any 3D maneuvers before, I can now hover and I'm getting better at several high alpha maneuvers."

- Rusty Billings. Lakewood, WI