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Coordinated Turn – More Talk About the Words Pilots Use

From the cockpit, the pilot views a typical base to final turn. Student pilots are cautioned how to use the rudder to make this a coordinated turn. Failure to do so can lead to loss of control; perhaps a deadly stall/spin event. Typically pilots associate coordinated flight with avoidance of Read more...

Pilot Skills – Understanding the Words Pilots Use

In this photo of a sight picture, the nose appears above the horizon. Most pilots when viewing this photo will consider it an example of pitch. Actually, the photo is an example of yaw. Interpretation of sight picture is a pre-requisite for stick and rudder skills. A pilot cannot properly Read more...

Should You Learn to Fly a Taildragger?

This railroad track is a helpful hint for aspiring tailwheel pilots. When your tailwheel airplane touches down during landing, become a locomotive engineer. What you see is a straight track. Use your feet as required to keep your airplane tracking straight as a rail. Do not go off the track. Read more...

If You Can Not Do That, You Should Learn

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.A flight school’s role is to teach, but equally important is the student’s Read more...

Tailwheel Tip: Positioning Flight Controls During Taxi

When it comes to landing, a pilot’s golden rule is to fly a stable approach to landing, especially when landing in a cross wind. Tailwheel pilots must be especially attentive to avoiding an unstable approach because tailwheel airplanes do not have directional stability during taxi. When the wheels touch down Read more...