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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...

Controlling Gyroscopic Yaw a Stick and Rudder Skill

This airplane started recovery from a very steep dive with the wings level. At this point in the recovery the right wing is low (airplane is banked right). The airplane will change heading approximately 45 degrees during this recovery. A right turn will always occur during recovery from a dive Read more...

The Teardrop Pattern Entry

Photo shows airplane on approach to airport. It is flying downwind and parallel to active runway. Pilot will descend to pattern altitude and then turn left. Flight path will be over top of airport at mid field and enter a right downwind on a 45 degree angle. Perhaps you would Read more...

Pitch or Angle of Attack

Pilots generally understand that the turn from base to final can result in a stall/spin incident; however, not all pilots fully understand the aerodynamic stall. Many pilots carry extra airspeed in the turn to ameliorate the situation. Other pilots avoid pitching up to avoid a stall during a turn. In Read more...