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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...

Fly Hands off and Avoid Over-control

Flying a stable approach to landing is good airmanship. On final approach and especially short final, pilots fly a stable glide path: maintain airspeed, control vertical speed and hold runway alignment. A good pilot adheres to Isaac Newton’s Laws of Motion which teach pilots that when they do stuff, other Read more...

Stop Looking at the Runway

Almost all loss of control accidents derive from a stall and involve a turn. A common scenario for loss of control is on the approach to landing during the turn from base to final. Advocates and pundits for pilot training frequently emphasize that a plethora of factors could be involved Read more...

Using the Sight Picture for Attitude Information

Continuous attitude information is necessary for conduct of safe flight. Before flight by reference to instruments, pilots received necessary attitude information by reference to the horizon – the sight picture. Using the sight picture is not merely “looking out the window”. Rather proper interpretation and use of the sight picture Read more...

How to Be a Great Stick – Become a Conductor

Airplanes fly better than pilots. That fact offers a life-saving skill when a pilot is faced with a nose high unusual attitude. A stall in this situation could be deadly. Pilots cause airplanes to stall, so whatever control inputs a pilot makes risks a stall. Instead, the pilot can reduce Read more...