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Flying tips, anecdotes and comments that promote flying for fun, flying with style and flying safely.


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...

Airmanship is an Unfair Advantage

The elevator is the angle of attack (AOA) control. The airplane is stable; it knows angle of attack and reacts to changes in AOA. Angle of attack controls airspeed, makes the airplane turn and makes the airplane stall. The pilot sees pitch, and that is not the same as AOA. Read more...

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...