The Flight Coach Project develops data driven tools for precision aerobatic pilots and judges with the aim of making the sport more objective.   The project was started by a group of keen F3A and IMAC competitors, but the work is also applicable to other RC and full size aerobatic disciplines.

Most of our work involves installing inexpensive GPS and attitude tracking hardware in the aircraft, then post processing the data on the ground to provide feedback. All the Flight Coach project outputs are free to use (see specific license details in Instructions/Software).

The Plotter – The key output of the Flight Coach project is the Plotter, which displays a 3D interactive visualisation of the recorded data tailored to the needs of aerobatic pilots. Demo flight download link – right click on the link, select “Save link as”  and save this file to your PC, then open the plotter (also a link is along the top menu of this website), select ‘Open Flight’ and load the saved file.

The Map – Flight Coach Map (FCMap) is an addon that will assist pilots in locating a competition box at a site. It takes the site Pilot and Center positions and draws the box angle lines as well as the outline of a box on a map background (Google Maps Satellite and Streets view. Currently supported competition styles are F3A (default), IMAC and F3S

Research – Some of the work we do as part of the Flight Coach project is quite novel and useful to the wider aerospace community. Our first publication ‘Enabling the Automated Assessment of Precision Aerobatic Manoeuvres’ was presented at the AIAA Conference in January 2022.

Our Team

Thomas David – UK
Artur Uzieblo – Australia (Poland)
Andrew Palmer – New Zealand
Russell Edwards – Australia

Our Sponsors

Thank you for your generosity and support!

Jun Taue Japan
Matthew Hoyland UK
Maxwell Wohlgehagen Australia
Shlomi Chester Israel
Arnstein Solberg Norway
D3 (Adam Debowski) Poland
Philip Lewis UK
哲 佐々木 (Satoshi Sasaki) Japan
Kahl Eckersley Australia
Sergio Velasquez Colombia
Jean – Louis Tinturier France
Kim Laird UK