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


Beware Them Words

Forward slip to a landing is a required skill for pilots earning a tailwheel endorsement and familiar to most pilots. This common skill, is aviation’s the most misunderstood maneuver. A discussion of the forward slip at any gathering of pilots will promote strong opinions and disagreement. Discussion of a forward Read more...

Guard Against Monkey Flying

This month’s featured video questions why a group of monkeys refuse their favorite food, a banana. The monkeys answer that “it has always been that way”. That answer might cause all pilots to consider why they do things. Have you thought about your stick and rudder habits? Why do you Read more...

Stick and Rudder Fundamental – Recognize and Control P-Factor Yaw

A Chandelle is a 180 degree climbing turn. The defining criteria are (1) constant bank with increasing pitch during first 90 degrees of turn; (2) constant pitch with decreasing bank during second 90 degrees of turn. In this photo the initial bank is set (approximately 30 degrees). The pilot needs Read more...

Get off that Rudder Pedal

Every year pilots fall victim to stall/spin accidents during maneuvers that involve a turn. Post-accident reviews typically suggest low airspeed. I argue it is a strong probability that pilot induced yaw is the common, decisive and deadly factor; not airspeed. When a pilot holds in turn rudder pressure, he creates Read more...

Unload the Elevator Before You Roll

Stall recovery is easy. Unload the elevator (release stick pressure). Following recovery from a stall, the pilot will typically need to recover the attitude by maintaining neutral elevator and rolling the wings to level using top rudder and aileron. This is a life-saving skill, but it requires altitude and airspeed. Read more...