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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...

A Simple Solution to Loss of Control – Master Spin and Upset Recovery without Practicing Spins

An airplane enters a spin when it stalls and yaws. I an actual stall/spin event, the pilot might not recognize the stall (happens too fast), but the yaw is startling apparent. Recognition of yaw should trigger an immediate spin recovery response. In a typical low altitude, loss of control incident, Read more...

Stick and Rudder: Skills Learned from Descending Turns

Steep turns (60 degree bank) often go bad and can get “scary” if altitude is not maintained. When the nose goes below the horizon during a turn, a couple of factors are applicable: • First is the pilot’s natural instinct to pull. That reaction can get you killed and is Read more...

Make Better Landings – Control P-Factor on Final Approach

Failure to recognize the right turning tendency during a descent as yaw might result in the pilot’s use of aileron to “steer” the airplane to runway alignment. Such egregious use of the ailerons is a common mistake that results in pilot induced instability.Practice this exercise to further develop your stick Read more...

Stick and Rudder – The Climbing Turn

You cannot fly an airplane without attitude information (aiming point, pitch, bank and yaw). Executing a proper climbing turn is challenging, because the sight picture can be difficult to use. In this photo of the climbing sight picture, selecting an aiming point is easy, but seeing pitch and bank can Read more...