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Flying tips, anecdotes and comments that promote flying for fun, flying with style and flying safely.


Tailwheel Training – The Ground Loop

The tailwheel airplane is a pilot’s airplane. The tailwheel pilot enjoys using the entire flight envelope and flies with reference to the sight picture on a real horizon. Flying a tailwheel airplane has been described as being one with the airplane. Many tailwheel airplanes are slow and best enjoyed when Read more...

Stick and Rudder – What Does That Mean?

In pilot school, you might have been taught to “hold the nose up” during a turn. If so, did you ever consider that advice could kill you? Consider the fundamental fact that certified airplanes do not stall; pilots cause airplanes to stallThe FAA’s deep concerns about fatal loss of control Read more...

Power plus Pitch = Performance; What Does That Mean?

This is how short final looks from a Pitts aerobatic airplane. There is much misinformation about the Pitts, not the least of which is that a Pitts is difficult to fly and especially challenging during landing. Many pilots think the Pitts is one of the easiest airplanes to fly, because Read more...

Pilot Training and Group Think

Artistry of the Great Flyer - A Pilot’s Guide to Stick and Rudder and Managing Emergency Maneuvers. In today’s pilot training, flying with reference to the horizon is often disregarded for dependence upon GPS and instruments. Instead, Alsip emphasizes how great flyers, with visual reference to the horizon, have developed Read more...

Use Stability to Avoid a Stall and Control Pesky Yaw

I wish you a very Merry Christmas from south Florida. My Christmas wish for all pilots is to “fly high, have fun, don’t stall and control yaw. Fly high because altitude is your friend, and have fun because why else would you want to fly an airplane. Don’t stall and Read more...