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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...

Tailwheel Training – The Yoke is not a Steering Wheel

Pilot induced aircraft oscillation (over-control) commonly occurs on short final. In this photo the aircraft is not aligned with the runway. The cause could be cross wind effect, or more likely P-factor; but the cause is not relevant in this comment. The lesson behind this photo is how the pilot Read more...

Recovering Unusual Attitudes

The rudder on my Super Decathlon looks good, but what is it good for. Pundits of aviation speak of stick and rudder skills, but many pilots are not clear on rudder skills. Pilots on modern (jet) airplanes use the rudder to land in a cross wind; however, on older aircraft Read more...