Rise of Flight United

Rise of Flight United

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LIBERATOR's High-Flying Tutorials
By Trupobaw and 1 collaborators
A series of short, graphic tutorials to basics of gameplay, including engine management, takeoffs and landings, plane handling, fighting...
This tutorial has easy to read diagrams and information to help you become a better pilot. I update them every so often so remember to check back or check the forums for new lessons!


Trupobaw was nice enough to help me to get my guides onto steam so kudos to him as well!


Glossary of Terms
Here is a basic Glossary of terms you may hear in Rise of Flight:

Angle of Attack: Angle of the oncoming air relative to the angle of the wing (Lesson No.3).

Boom n' Zoom/BnZ: speed & altitude fighting which consists of making quick passes on enemies (usually from a greater altitude) and running or climbing to make another pass.

Central Powers: Germany, Austria-Hungary, & the Ottoman Empire (not to be confused with the Axis Powers of the 2nd. world war).

Convergence: Distance from the aircraft that bullets/gunsight meet.

DM/Damage Model: The aircraft's modeled ability to show/react to damage in the game.

Energy: An aircraft's ability to maintain it's momentum via a combination of speed & altitude (Lesson 6a).

FM/Flight Model: The aircraft's modeled abilities to fly ingame.

Ground Loop: the effect of momentum & drag on a conventional style landing gear aircraft where the drag is pulling back on the nose while the momentum is pushing on the CG resulting in the aircraft wanting to equalize the forces by spinning around during landing (Lesson No.2).

Gyroscopic Forces: The forces acting upon a spinning object. (Lesson No.7).

Hitbox: The non-rendered model around basic parts of the aircraft that detect bullet hits and trigger damage.

Leading/deflection: Firing ahead of a moving target to compensate for the time it takes the bullet to travel to the target.

Mixture: The ratio of Fuel to Air (Lesson No.5).

Ping/Latency: Your connection speed to the server measured in milliseconds, the lower the number the better.

Radiator: Temperature apparatus for a liquid cooled engine (Lesson No.5).

Response Curves: Controls the sensitivity and linearity of aircraft controls (Lesson No. 4).

Shoulder Shooting: Trying to steal a kill from a teamate usually by following directly behind and shooting past their aircraft to hit the enemy.

Spin: Wing on the inside of the turn is stalled while the outer wing continues to fly, resulting in autorotation.

Stall: Lose lift, Stop flying.

Triple Entente: French, British, Russian, and later US forces (not to be confused with the Allied powers of the 2nd. world war).

Turn n' Burn/TnB: Fighting style that incorporates using an aircraft's maneuverability (usually turning) to achieve victory in a dogfight.

Vulching/Vulcher: Someone who is unsportingly shooting targets (usually landing or taking off) to get an easy kill. I would extend this definition to include shooting planes that are obviously rendered defenseless or inoperable aka; engine out, spinning, missing wings, etc...




I've had multiple people tell me how using a cheap stick makes curves necessary, I'd like to make those reading aware that I use a $10 Saitek AV8R, certainly nothing along the lines of "fancy".

The one piece of equipment I do use that is a bit on the expensive side is the Saitek TPM, it has 9 toggle switches but more importantly 3 sliding knobs which I use to control mixture, radiator, and trim. It's a very handy controller and for anybody willing to drop some money into one it's definitely worth it.

This lesson will be published in parts.

Continue to LESSON No.6 Part 1
This is PART No.1 "ENERGY MANAGEMENT" of the lesson "TO BATTLE"

Silly but somewhat helpful example:






I made this sheet back when the HP400 first came out to help out with the fact that the bombsight was only in metric (the aircraft gauges were in Imperial). It also covers some of my other tricks for bombers.

This next sheet was more of a joke to myself about how most of my dogfights against Dr.1's (and honestly most planes nowadays) go.

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Lord Haart Dec 28, 2019 @ 7:11am 
Aldo Ray Jan 6, 2018 @ 6:51am 
Hey LIBERATOR... nice logo, B24 my grand father flew missions. thx
Stumble Nov 15, 2017 @ 8:33pm 
Love it! It's very helpful and the images are awesome!

Pilot Stumble. (From RoF Forum ) :)
Herr Tod Apr 12, 2017 @ 10:43pm 
Greatly illustrated, educative and entertaining. A+ good sir. Cheerio!
LIBERATOR  [author] Mar 19, 2017 @ 8:21am 
What I find works the best if the engine completely stops in flight, is (with the ignition on) to nose down and roll opposite to the direction the engine spins, sometimes you have to rock the plane a bit to overcome static friction. Some aircraft don't handle high speed dives as much as others so you have to be careful, but I've found this is the quickest way to restart a dead engine.
Pisces Mar 19, 2017 @ 4:17am 
How do I restart the engine in flight? I am so happy you taught me about the blip switch but I forget to use it sometimes which means the engine goes dead and I usually end up in a bunch of pine trees with a lumberjacks special sternum piercing in the form of a branch going through my torso. Do I need some special vodka/brandy DLC so I can drink that and do the ol' haddock breathing into the fuel tank?
LIBERATOR  [author] Oct 28, 2016 @ 8:33am 
It would be very difficult to translate a hand written guide into another language, if anybody wants to do it you are more than welcome to.
killer421315 Oct 27, 2016 @ 3:03am 
Good morning someone has this guide in .doc format. Thanks to translate it into Spanish. Thanks
Sotka Oct 5, 2016 @ 12:27pm 
Beautifully illustrated and very informative. Thank you very, very much!
diomedesbc Jun 5, 2016 @ 10:16pm 
Great guide, was looking for something like this to share with my friend who's just starting out.