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Pitch – Power – Trim

You can make practice part of every flight if you make the landing pattern a maneuver (you have to land – right?) Assign values to each phase of your landing pattern and try to consistently adhere to those values every time you fly a landing pattern. The values shown in Read more...

Airmanship – A Holiday Gift That Lasts Forever

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...

The Engine Quit – Do Not Push!

A strong, healthy bounce is part of every tailwheel pilot’s learning experience from the school of hard knocks. The lesson to be learned is, do not push. It is one of my two rules for tailwheel pilots: Do not push and never lift a wing to windward. Those rules derive Read more...

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...