I never thought I’d write a section about having to much power, but after many hours behind a 212cc powered Direct
Drive Ultimate, I think it is warranted.
As discussed in the weight section, the goal in pattern is to keep all of your three basic lines the same speed. Your level
lines should be at about ½ throttle and the same speed as your full throttle up-lines. With planes like our 212 Ultimate,
though, the plane accelerates to ungodly speeds on the up line. You have the option of flying the up-line at partial throttle,
but this gets a bit dicey. You have to guess where to place the throttle on each up-line, and you may not hit the right place.
If you have any throttle mixes, you will hit a different portion of the mix curve on each line, and that throws your flying
off - big time.
If you find yourself in this situation, the best way to handle it is to limit the throttle using the travel volume function
on your radio. In other words, instead of 100% travel on your throttle, limit the total travel to that required to fly a constant
speed up-line. On our 212 Ultimate that number is about 70%. The advantage is you just push the stick to the stop without
reservation. All your concentration is left for your maneuvers.
An added benefit is that, if you normally fly at sea level and have to fly at a high elevation field, you can add the power
back in. The plane will perform the same at all elevations and temperatures.