ANGLE OF ATTACK - Direction from
which you are hit after setting up a nice mid-air with your club mate's
AUTOROTATION - What your car does
on icy roads.
BALSA - What dreams were
BALSA - Also: What warbird pilots
have a lot of.
BALSA STRIPPER - Lightweight female
dancer, rhythmically removing covering, to show inner structure to drooling
BLIND NUT - Judge at a pattern
BULKHEAD - Removable part of fuselage.
Comes off on landing.
CARPET FIBRE - When others are
bragging about their high-tech composite planes and you have only the
Gentle Lady you built on the floor of your two-room apartment, mutter
quickly (under your breath), "Yep, this baby's reinforced with
CRASH - Quick method of removing
radio and engine from a model to fit them in your new one.
CRASH - Also: Synonym for "re-kitting"
CENTER OF GRAVITY - Point in which
G-forces, dedicated to separating wing from fuselage, do their stuff.
CANARD - Frequently seen at ponds.
Willing opponent for dogfights.
COMPUTER - Device that enables
you to make mistakes at the speed of light.
CYANOACRYLATE - Special glue,
designed to instantly glue fingers to balsa structures.
CYANOACRYLATE - Also : Special
glue, instantly curing when parts are misaligned, will hardly (if at all)
cure when parts are correctly aligned.
CYANOACRYLATE - Also : Substance
used to make eyes water profusely at critical points in construction.
CYANOACRYLATE - Also : Stuff usually
dripping on your clothes, turning them into armor and you into a modeler
DEAD STICK - Two of these can
be found on your transmitter after failing to properly charge your batteries.
DEAD STICK - Also : The potted
plant your wife gave you to clear the air in your workshop after 3 months
lack of water.
DOWNWIND TURN - Sensitive item
that, when posted the GSAL yahoo list will generate threads of 100 entry's
ENGINE - Device designed to make
noise. Will suddenly stop making this noise when beyond glide-in distance.
EPOXY - The stuff that has replaced
the balsa after the flying season.
FAIL SAFE - Option on PCM radio's
that allows a pilot to choose whether to crash near him, or a long way
FLARE - What someone has when
they're good enough to show off.
FLARE - Also: Beginner's luck.
FLYING WING - To be seen after
too tight a loop.
FUEL TANK - Plastic bottle, designed
to leak when placed in totally inaccessible locations.
FUSELAGE - Optional interconnecting
structure between wings and engine.
FUSELAGE - Also: Receptacle into
which the R/C pilot stuffs money in the hope that his plane will fly better.
GLITCH - What you shout when you
pull up elevator while flying inverted at 10ft altitude.
GRAVITY - Force of nature designed
to reduce aircraft to their component parts.
LANDING GEAR - Structure to separate
fuselage from runway after landing. Does not always succeed in doing so.
LANDING - Comes in multiple forms
LUCK - Comes in multiple forms:
MEAN AIR CHORD - That nasty minor
eighth note caused when your wings snap and whack together.
MIXTURE SCREW - Device to meter
too little fuel to engine at critical moments.
MONOKOTE - The stuff that ruins
every ounce of hard work that you put into a plane to make it look nice.
NOSEWHEEL - Implement used to
O.S. - Initials of the two words
that an r/c pilot says when he loses control going straight down.
PATTERN PLAN - Make a copy of
the plans so when it crashes, you have the patterns to build another one.
PROPELLER - Rotating knife that
cuts holes in the air, which the aircraft falls into, thus propelling
PROPELLER - Also : Handy tool
to cut away excess skin on knuckles.
PROP NUT - What Glider pilots
call Power pilots.
P-51 MUSTANG - What beginners
think they can use to learn to fly.
RADIO- Expensive electronic device
to randomly alleviate overcharged batteries.
RADIO GLITCH- Documented Electronic
occurrence, causing immediate and irreparable loss of control.
RADIO GLITCH- Also : The source
of any crash when there is a possibility of someone else's radio in close
proximity to the plane.
SWEPT AREA - The only part of
your home not covered in balsa dust.
WETTED AREA - After Sooner the
Wonderdog finds the swept area.
TAIL-DRAGGER - R/C pilot who has
spent an hour looking for his plane in a forest. See also "glitch".
THERMAL - Mythical occurrence
of rising air - usually where one's sailplane is not.
TRAINER CORD - Handy device for
electronically instilling false confidence in rookie pilots.
TREE - Implement used to separate
Wings from Fuselage. See also "glitch".
SINK - Non-mythical meteorological
event stimulated by rc soaring contests.
SNAP ROLL - After a nice hard
high G roll, something SNAPS (usually and most likely the wing). Aerodynamic
ability will slightly diminish.
STALL - Score Gravity: 1,
Pilot: 0 .
WING AREA - What you get more of in the car by leaving the wife at home.