Brett Wickizer - US F3A Team Member since 2009 | Business Partner & Chief Pilot CK Aero Designs

Rewind to April of 2005, the first pattern contest I had ever entered. I show up on Friday night with an hour of daylight left, just enough time for a few practice flights. As we roll up there are a few stragglers left at the field, one of whom happened to be Bryan Hebert (I would later learn that, like me, his passion and drive for perfection keep him at the field until itís nearly impossible to see your hand in front of your face). After watching me fly he gives me some pointers, once-overs my crooked Focus II, and tells me he would like to work with me a little bit.

Fast forward to August of 2009, the first world championship Iíve ever entered. Bryan is with me nearly twenty four hours a day. When heís not, heís working on one of my airplanes or sharing his knowledge and experience to those not fortunate enough to have him as a mechanic and caller. We endlessly discuss the ins and outs of pattern competition, dissecting the smallest details to better understand this sport that we both love so much. We often disagree but there is a mutual respect between us which makes every word productive, creating a flow of dialogue which has kept us both up to the wee hours of the morning on many occasions.

Our relationship is more than that of a pilot and his caller. Bryan has showed me through the years, many times, how much of himself he dedicates to our small world of R/C precision aerobatics. His insight into the world of pattern has been crucial to my success on more than one occasion. Bryan has been here for a long time and knows the ropes better than anyone Iíve met ó from designing an airplane, to trimming it, to competing with it. His advice helped me to become a 2009 team member less than four years after my first pattern contest.

It is with great confidence that I can recommend Bryanís methods, and that recommendation is one which has been earned. I certainly have not blindly accepted his advice, and heíll be the first one to tell you that. I have, however, always kept an open mind and objectively evaluated all of my setups. When all is said and done, Bryan gets to say ďI told you soĒ every time. Trust his advice, be honest with yourself, and be patient and I promise you will be rewarded with an airplane that flies better than you ever thought possible.

Andrew Jesky - 3rd Place 2011, 2013 & 2015 F3A World Championship | 4-Time National Champion | US F3A Team Member since 2007

What can I say, youíre the man when it comes to trimming out airplanes. When Iím out at the field and have a question on why an airplane is doing something, youíre the first person I text. My new nickname for you is the ďairplane whisperer.Ē You have been there whenever I have any type of airplane question. Even though Iíve been hard headed with some of your suggestions it always amazes me that when I do what you tell me to do it always works!

Thanks for all your hard work in the pattern community! You're a life saver!

Jason Shulman - 3-Time National Champion | 8-Time US F3A Team Member

I have been very thankful to have Bryan as a long time friend and supporter. Not only is he a fan, but he is really good with airplane set-up. I made my first US Team in 99 flying one of his designs, the Storm. I went to my first Worlds with his design, the Patriot. He helped me get both planes trimmed and ready. He even helped with the build and finish of my primary Patriot. It used to be that when I was setting up a new plane, I would get home and call Bryan. Now when I go to the field with new planes, Bryan is on instant text/dial the whole day. Got to love cell phones (hmmm, wonder if Bryan thinks the same lol). Bryan also enjoys helping others with trim advise and gladly shares with those that want to listen. I know he has helped a few of the top F3A pilots aside from me. He doesnít push any techniques on you, he will simply offer them up and let you decide to try them or not. When he was our Team Manager in í05 in France, he spent a couple of days helping Chip [Hyde] trim out and modify his biplane to get the best possible performance out of it. Itís something he just enjoys doing.
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Chip Hyde - 9-Time US F3A Champion, Former World Champion F3A, Former World Champion Pylon, 18-time highest American finisher at the US Nationals

Bryan, I think what you're doing for pattern with your Triangulation Trimming Guide is an excellent way to help the hobby. It's obvious from all the people that you help, your system works very well. Even though we don't always see eye to eye, our end results are always very similar. The important thing for people to understand is to pick somebody, like Bryan, and stick with them all the way through the trimming process. If you can do that, you will be much more successful in the long run. The path in Bryan's method is one way to achieve the ultimate result... a perfectly trimmed airplane. Thanks and good luck!

Carlos Silva {aka Tuny} - 4-Time Venezuela F3A National Champion | Venezuela F3A Team Member

I have been flying model airplanes all my life, my father is a modeler as well and from the minute I was born I have been around model airplanes. Today I fly mostly F3A, its my passion, the never ending search for precision and perfection is something not everybody understands. Now I have more tan 10 years in competitive FAI-F3A flying.

I first met Bryan in the WC in Portugal in 2009, and we have been in touch ever since, his advice in design ad setting in an F3A airplane is just priceless. I can say without a doubt that his triangulation trimming is the way to get an airplane fly like it should! Before using his methods half of the setting time needed to get an airplane to fly good was just ME learning to fly a poorly trimmed airplane, after doing it his way, my flying was very much improved

With his advice and using his methods you can reach a level of precision that is unbelievable. Every Project that I have made has Bryan`s signature somewhere, on design, setting, building, finishing his advice is in there somewhere

So believe it, it is possible to get an airplane flying with no mixes, take your time, be patient and donít be afraid of change anything or modifying everything needed, at the end the result will be rewarding. If you believe (like I did) that mixing is not a bad thing, you need to try an airplane after they are gone, the difference is huge.

Chad Northeast - Reigning Canadian F3A Champion | Multiple Top 20 World Championship Finishes

Back in 2007 I started conversing with Bryan about his trimming methods. At the time I was having difficulties getting my Twister to behave properly under all conditions, and I always remember hearing how Bryanís 27% designs had no mixing and flew very true. Having never experienced a plane that flew like that, I first was a bit sceptical but open to the process

Over many emails, flights, and even switching designs from the Twister to Integral I really started to understand where Bryan was coming from and how he was setting his planes up. I was able to eliminate mixing from my Twister, and my Integral through thrust, incidence and CG adjustments. I have also since been able to repeatedly achieve the same results on my new Xigris airplanes and friendís airplanes regardless of design.

While a little bit of mixing is generally not considered a bad thing, and was something I never worried about, I have since changed my view after learning how to get planes mix free. Coupling regardless of how small will show up, and becomes very challenging to deal with when flying difficult schedules like the FAI F schedules. A mix free airplane in those sequences significantly reduces pilot workload, which allows you to focus on other aspects of the manoeuvre.

Taking the time to learn and apply Bryanís techniques have helped me to achieve better results, and I would encourage everyone else to take the time and apply them as well to improve your own results!
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Shane Robinson - 5-Time Irish F3A Champion | Irish F3A World Team Member since 2003

Before meeting Bryan at the 2009 F3a World Championships I had read his article on triangulation trimming and while everything in the article made sense I had never followed his trimming method to completion. The main reason for this was the extensive construction changes I would have to make to my model. Also there are so many conflicting trim opinions on the web that we all ask the question who should we believe?

All of my models to date were trimmed tail heavy at 32-34% MAC. I had become an expert in radio programming with many mixes. I lived with this problem until 2010 where I came face to face with the F11 schedule its 9 snaps and multiple integrated rolling manoeuvres. Every snap landed differently and the coupling in the rolling manoeuvres was far too difficult to sort out with practice. Something had to change. Either I had reached the limit of my ability or it was time to try something completely different.

Having spent a lot of time with Bryan and Brett at the 2009 WCís and after much discussion while watching the finals I decided that I would ask Bryan to help me improve my model. He agreed and over the next few months we emailed back and forth until we reached the ideal setting. It took a lot of work and a lot of trimming but it was all worth it. The CG is now at 27%, the wing and canaliser incidence has been increased and the engine downthrust has been reduced.

I now have a plane with no coupling mixes. Less downline mix. One snap condition for all snaps and no heading deviations after the snap. Solid integrated rolling manoeuvres that roll consistently and do what they were told. Also the model is much more stable in the wind and with no coupling the model presents very flat in every manoeuvre. Flying has become a lot more enjoyable. If only I had met Bryan when I started 10 years ago : )

I remember seeing a photo of Bryan practicing F3a late in the evening in low light prior to a US Nats and thinking he must be crazy. I now know how he does it. His model is triangulation trimmed. It only does what he tells it to, no coupling and no nasty surprises.

Bryan has changed all of my opinions on trimming. His triangulation trimming really works and Iíd say most of the pilots at the top are using this technique. So if you fly with a rearward CG, your using lots of mixes and practice is getting frustrating give it a try, you wonít regret it.

Dave Reaville - Top Canadian F3A Pilot

Not sure if you remember me but we met at the Nats last year in Muncie. I took the liberty of posting your notes on triangulation trimming on my website (along with credit to you of course!) We have followed it closely and it is working well.
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Brandon Ransley - Former UK F3A Team member (1995-2005) & UK F3A National Champion

For many years I trimmed my pattern models using methods and guides advised by various well known international competitors, both from the UK and abroad. I thought my models flew well. I then came across the Bryan Herbert triangulation method of trimming and thought I would see how it worked on the models I was flying. I was amazed at the results. I had been flying with the C of G too rearward for many years and my models had the exact characteristics that Bryan said a tail heavy model would have. Since then I have used Bryanís triangulation method on all my models Ė monoplanes and bipes Ė and found that they fly superbly. Although I compete a lot less now I have shared the concepts with other UK pattern competitors who are prepared to listen and each of them have moved the C of G forward and used the triangulation method with success. I can honestly say it is the only trimming method I would now use.

Alfonso Garcia - Spainish F3A International Pilot

I am a spanish F3A pattern flyer since 1984. I fly against my friend Cristobal Rombaut since then, and recently against his son Juan, I think you remember them from Colombia F3A championship. I was a participate at the F3A Spanish championship from 1984 to 1993, then stop and start again at 2005 until today.

In between I was one of the top spanish F4C scale modeller from 1987 to 2000 and I participated in 1990 and 1996 World Championship and 1995 and 1999 European Championships. When I returned to F3A in 2005 I build a Eclipse (from Camodel) and a Larimar (Matt design from 1999) but I was not succesful with this two models. I purchased a Oxalys Evo RTF but after 6 flights I lossed it because of a stab failure in flight. In 2008 I build a Prestige from Wristmodel EP and is the model that I used for the last two seasons and I plan to use it for the next. I have a second one with 12 flights only! I am very satisfied with this model because his quality and flight.

Because my long experience with the old style F3A, when I came back again in 2005 I tried to use the same adjust system from before. I placed the CoG as far back as possible to need a minimum elevator imput for inverted flight and use elevator to rudder mix to keep the knife flight Ok. But I found in the Prestige that I can place the CoG a lot further back and there is not too much change in the flight. Also I use a T-Canalizer too help in the ďMĒ and in the knife edge flight. Last season and one week before the F3A Spanish Championship I was feeling bad because after more than 150 flights my flight level did not improve, I have the same problems that I had at the start of the season and my rolls became more and more barrell roll than ever. I even disassembled the T-Canalizer but only more problems with the ďMĒ.

Then I contacted you with DezsoVaghy, Prestige pilot from Canada F3A Team, and took a look at your triangulation trimming system. I was flying with the CoG at more than 30%!!!! Then I modified to 27%, assembled again the T-Canalizer and my flights improved inmediately. Three days later at Spanish championship my scores improve 10% from previous year and I won against two pilots from the previous year. I never had any system to check if CoG is in the right place more than my own feeling, but now with your advice it is easy and true! I am very satisfied with your system and after the season I have made many improvements in my model with your triangulation trimming system and your advice. I Still have a lot of work to do but I am on the right path now! I have used many trimming systems in the past and some work, but your triangulation system is the best yet!!!!

Chris Swain - Austrailian F3A Team Member

Iíd like to thank you for providing me with the solution to trim my untrimable Beryll. (searching your posts on RCU) All that was initially wrong with it, was it wouldnít roll axially. Tried aileron differential, that didnít work. Tried a so called you beaut trick of mixing aileron to elevator, that didnít work. Nothing worked. Anyway, in the end this is the best model i have had so far. (after trimming it of course)It goes straight up, straight down. Knife edge is perfect. I have no aileron differential. Bugger all expo. The only downside is with a forward C of G, i have to be careful so it doesnít nose over on takeoff. I can live with that. From the factory they are setup zero zero. I had to give it heaps of positive incidence, a little up thrust and move the C of G forward.

It has made me look at all the trimming articles with sheer disgust. I can see why you have had problems trying to convince people. I just donít say unless they ask and are prepared to listen.
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Luis Tiago - Brazil | 4-Time I.M.A.C. Unlimited National Champion | 5-Time I.M.A.C. Freestyle National Champion

After reading Bryan's article, I'm really interested to see how it goes on giants, and I sent him some emails about it.

I have a Dalton Extra 300ML, DA200, CG 3 7/8 from Leading Edge. To start, I set 0.5 on wing and 1.0 Engine Down, after flight test, I realized that I need a little more wing incidence. With 0.7 on wing I got it. The plane goes up perfectly, I felt roll axial better, less mix on Knife Edge, Less Right Thrust Angle needed, Vertical Downline to upright the plane recovers more stable, even in inverted flight no issue

Bryan Hebert's Triangulation Trimming Guide really works on giants!

Harold Collins - CEO Executive Airframes

I began modeling as a kid, building and flying U control. I came back to it fifteen years later, and when I do something itís usually in a big way. In my exploits I wound up managing a hobby shop where some of the local pattern fliers mentioned a guest from Dixie R/C would be visiting the field that evening. Thatís where I met Bryan Hebert, who was visiting to promote pattern activity in our area. He was flying his new STORM 60 at the time. Bryan, a prolific builder, amazing with MonoKote, and a great promoter of the sport, now entered the field of F3A competition plane design. With a great looking and flying new ship and a radical trim method, he made friends and enemies alike.

In those days zero/zero incidence was an uncontested law. The first I heard of anything different was when Bryan had me increase the incidence in my Tipo. Thatís right, a Tiporare. I took some wood home with that guy. One judge looked at me and said, Ēmy Tipo never landed like that.ď My next victim was a modified Dash Five. I took it to Dixie, to see what Mr. Hebert thought about it. He liked my mods but said the stab needed to be lower. I said ďHow much?Ē, and went home and cut it out and rebuilt it. When Bryan saw that, he realized he had someone who believed in him. That was the beginning of a friendship that grew into a partnership called Executive AirFrames, or EXAF. Our goal from the beginning was to produce planes that when set up properly required no mixing for the required sequences. Each plane was an individually serial numbered treasure, IMHO.

Bryan was always on the cutting edge of design and was mocked all the day long on the NSRCA list. They mocked his sharp leading edges, the location of the high point in his airfoil, his use of Pos/Pos incidence, stab and wing positions, cheeks, scoops, counter balances, and just about anything he did. Bryan has been and is a consistent contribution to the sport of pattern and Iím glad to see heís finally getting his kudos from the fraternity. Itís been a long time coming.
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Brian Clemmons - Former Team US F3A Assistant Manager

Bryan Hebert has been one of my closest friends for more than twenty years. He became my friend because he chose to do so; I was having little to no luck in learning to fly pattern and he chose to approach me and offered his help. That help led to a deep friendship, which has spilled into all of both our lives.

I have learned to trust his judgment without question when it comes to model airplanes; both building and flying. My college education was in engineering, but I have never seen the time that my engineering training gave me insight equal to the wealth of knowledge he has gathered through trial and error, along with his own genius for model airplanes. Furthermore, in many cases, he has put more effort into MY flying than he did on his own.

This selflessness is hard to understand; Bryan helps people, anybody, everybody, because that is simply who he is. IĎve been privileged to meet many, many pilots, builders and designers of great renown during my years in the hobby; but have never met Bryanís equal in knowledge or generosity.

Try his trimming method; follow it to the letter and you will not be disappointed with the results
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