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Model Aircraft Glossary


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Gas Turbines

Although practical model jet engines have been around since the early 1980's it has only been in the past few years that home construction has become viable. Careful design has made simple home construction possible using basic tools and a small centre lathe. more......


Geodetic

A latticework or basket-weave construction.


Glazing

A great way to make your own glazing panels for model aircraft.


Glider

GliderA highly efficient engineless aeroplane. Capable of flying for long periods in gently rising air currents (thermals). more...

The British Association of Radio Control Soarers A useful place to look for all sorts of gliding information and further links.

See also: Aerotow.


Glider Towing

A glider may given a tow to launch it. This may be done using another aircraft, by someone running along the ground with a piece of string attached to the glider or using a piece of string attached to an electric winch.


Glitch

Momentary uncontrolled operation of control surfaces caused by electronic interference or equipment malfunction.


Glow Plug

The glow plug is the source of ignition in a "glow engine" hence the name. more......


Glue

A huge number of glues are used by model makers. A general guide to their use is included here, but for more detailed uses, limitations and hazards the individual manufacturers recommendations should be followed.


Ground Loop

A rapid circular rotation of a model on the ground, usually performed while taxying or during take off. Taildragger aircraft are particulalrly suceptible to this as they are sensitive to crosswinds.


Gusset

Small strengtheners fixed at points of heavy stress in an aircraft’s structure.


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