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VTOL (vertical take-off and landing aircraft) have been around for decades and have uses in the military of several countries. The best known is the osprey, and unfortunately it has an appalling safety record, and continues to kill pilots ands crews to this day, despite enormous resources devoted to fixing the problem. Its clear VTOL flight is hard, especially the transitions between helicopter mode and airplane mode.

In the last year there have been a number of VTOL RC planes arrived on the market, that use flight controllers and gyros to assist the complexity and sheer difficulty of piloting these planes. A leading RC guru has recently posted experiences (and complaints) about them, along the lines when you flick the switch to transition, they crash. It takes many hours of painstaking work to set up the flight controllers so they work correctly, and this is left to the purchaser. 

Painless360 and VTOL

Today I was surprised to see a VTOL plane at McCoy for the first time - and it did not have a flight controller or gyro! I think many will guess who the pilot was. It made a brilliant flight with safe transitions and a safe landing ... hats off to Andrew.

That is very cool I'd like to see that

“The knack of flying is learning how to throw your machine at the ground and miss.”

"When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your thoughts turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return."  ~Leonardo Da Vinci

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