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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...

Stick and Rudder Skills in Three Days

Pilot school typically teaches forward stick and addition of power to recover from this nose high, left wing low attitude. Instead, good airmanship and an understanding of aerodynamics recommends a zero g recovery. Airplanes do not stall at zero g. Fundamentals of Airmanship is a new course of instruction at Read more...

Happy Birthday USMC & Remembering a Remarkable Tailwheel Airplane

The United States Marine Corp celebrated its 245st birthday November 10, 2020. I am reminded of the Marine Corps famed Checkerboard Squadron, VMA 312. My father, Major Ed Alsip, served with that squadron during the Korean War. Pictured here are the Marine aviators who flew the renown F4U Corsair from Read more...

Forces of Flight and the Forward Slip

The FAA Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge offers the following guidance to pilots aspiring to master airmanship: “Thrust, drag, lift, and weight are forces that act upon all aircraft in flight. Understanding how these forces work and knowing how to control them with the use of power and flight controls are Read more...