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Why Learn to Fly Aerobatics

Looking right from the cockpit, the pilot sees his attitude with reference to the horizon. The airplane is on a vertical up line. What to do next is an example of the fun and variety of flying aerobatics. The pilot could use full left rudder and do a hammerhead turn; Read more...

The Ailerons and Airmanship

Ailerons do not turn an airplane. Ailerons control bank angle. As discussed in the January Hangar Talk, the elevator determines how the horizontal component of lift will PUSH the airplane through a change of direction.What do the ailerons do? What are they good for? The ailerons roll an airplane on Read more...

The Rudder and Airmanship

In this photo the pilot is executing a climbing turn to the left. P-factor yaw is assisting the turn, so little is any rudder is required in most airplanes. Viewed from the cockpit, this climbing turn to the left will be stable with constant bank, pitch and rate of turn. Read more...

Understanding The Elevator – An Element of Airmanship

This is the pilot’s view of a forward slip on approach to landing. The airplane is slipping forward on flight path to runway; control inputs are engine at idle, aileron sets bank with “forward” wing down, opposite or “cross control” rudder to maintain runway alignment and elevator pressure to control Read more...

The Skill of Airmanship – A Holiday Gift That Lasts Forever

This Dylan Aviation Key Points Video is available at Amazon.com. There is a resurgence in the popularity of “stick and rudder” skills. Pilots are making the personal choice to improve their mastery of flying fundamentals. Whether their motivation is concern about avoiding the deadly stall/spin loss of control incident, or Read more...