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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...

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...