A Pilot’s Guide to Airmanship and Aerodynamics

The Magical Relationship That Makes You an Accomplished Airman, a Superb Pilot, a Great Stick.







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Jim Alsip Master CFI Emeritus, explores the key to good stick and rudder skills. Reading this guide, you will discover the fundamentals of airmanship and aerodynamics, the principles that are absolute to flying an airplane. You will learn the magical relationship that makes you an accomplished airman, a superb pilot, a great stick. Alsip offers instruction that includes flying classic maneuvers, concepts of pitch and coordination, upset and unusual attitude recovery, tailwheel skills, and the aerodynamics of using the flight controls. The last chapter details ten best stick and rudder habits that offer powerful instruction; for example, unload before you roll, recognize and control P-factor, understand Them Words and avoid monkey flying.

Readers who enjoy Alsip’s pithy, no nonsense style, will especially enjoy this guide. It is a collection of essays in the tradition of what pilots call hangar talk. Each topic stands along. Sometimes comment is intended to be definitive so as to resolve a misleading term, correct a dangerous flying technique or promote a flying fundamentals. Many of the essays are edgy but not definitive; instead comment is meant to encourage the reader (pilot) to become introspective of personal habits and his understanding of flying fundamentals. A good use of this book would be to encourage the reader (pilot) to engage in some hangar talk. The reader might bring up one or more topics at their next pilot meeting, when having coffee with another pilot, or in discussion with their instructor.