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Rudder Question

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I think I'm good with the rudder at normal flights but I can't seem to get the hang of it at the red bull time trial. For example when I make a sharp left turn and apply right rudder, the plane moves toward the ground. If I move the rudder in the opposite direction I seem to lose control. Thanks for any advice.

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Use the old cockpit saying "step on the ball". What this means is if the ball is not centered you should apply the rudder on the same side that the ball is out. The rudder is used to counter act the adverse yaw created by the ailerons during a bank. Neutralize the ailerons, keep the ball centered and use back pressure to keep you in the turn.

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I think you might want to step outside the aircraft, get behind 'er and look at the rudder as you step on the left pedal. . . the rudder SHOULD go to the left. . . Anyway - if the rudder IS correct and not backwards - what you're setting up is a good slip into the ground - unless you're trying to set up a knife-edge for a gate. To initiate a sharp left turn you would want to stomp on the left pedal (for LEFT rudder), a good shot of left aileron, stop them both and then haul back on the stick ('till things go grey/black and fuzzy, then back off a bit). For a knife-edge you need the highest speed you can, because your only lift comes from the fuse. Better go high into the turn so's you can afford the hight loss.

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I have to say the flight model of the Extra does not behave the way I expect. Whether it is realistic is an open question, as of course I have never flown the Extra in the real world. But certainly in comparison to the RAS SF260, application of rudder on the Extra does not slip the aircraft in the same way. This makes turns very unpredictable in comparison. I thought of trying another aerobatic a/c to compare, like the Christian Eagle II. Has anyone successfully imported this into FSX?Cheers,Noel.

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'I think you might want to step outside the aircraft, get behind 'er and look at the rudder as you step on the left pedal. . . the rudder SHOULD go to the left. . . Anyway - if the rudder IS correct and not backwards - what you're setting up is a good slip into the ground - unless you're trying to set up a knife-edge for a gate. To initiate a sharp left turn you would want to stomp on the left pedal (for LEFT rudder), a good shot of left aileron, stop them both and then haul back on the stick ('till things go grey/black and fuzzy, then back off a bit). For a knife-edge you need the highest speed you can, because your only lift comes from the fuse. Better go high into the turn so's you can afford the hight loss.'When you say 'stop them both' do you mean to say center the rudder and the stick?p.s. I've checked the rudder is correct.

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