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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...

The Propensity to Roll and Airplane

The ballistic roll, the easiest roll to learn, is an aileron roll started from a 30 degree pitch above the horizon. The elevator is moved neutral, and then full aileron is applied in direction of roll. The airplane goes ballistic; therefore, no adverse yaw and rudder is not required. Pilots Read more...

If You Can Not Do That, You Should Learn

Did you know that in an emergency, pilots fly like they train? Would you pull in this severe over bank? Without prior training, almost all pilots would pull; it is instinctive, and that reaction would probably kill you. If you have not trained to recover unusual attitudes, you really should.Flying Read more...

A Prime Directive for Collision Avoidance – Look

Pilots of high wing airplanes should exercise caution when holding short the runway before take-off. In this photo an airplane on short final is clearly visible. Look closely and you can see the pilot holding short has angled the airplane towards the approach end of the runway. If the airplane Read more...