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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...

Pilots Can Learn From Their Airplane

Your landing pattern speaks to your style of flying. If you fly a Pitts you probably drop a brick and follow it down; pilots of more complex aircraft typically fly a low final with partial power. Regardless of style, an approach needs to be stable. The skill to fly a Read more...

Unstable Turn – Too Tippy and Uncomfortable

With airplane established in a level turn, the sight picture clearly shows the nose move below the horizon. The pilot would typically react with elevator back pressure to hold the nose up. But wait! Is this a pilot induced deviation from a stable turn? Is it a possibility that the Read more...

Airmanship and the Base to Final Turn

This photo shows the pilot’s sight picture as the airplane is rolling out of a base to final turn. When the turn (the change of direction) is completed, the wings will be level; the aiming point factor of a pilot’s sight picture will be aligned with the runway. Many pilots Read more...

Fundamental or Technique

A three point landing in a tailwheel airplane is commonly defined as three wheels touching at same time; the fully stalled attitude. A careful look at the attitude of the landing pictured here reveals that the tail will be just a little high at touch down. The landing will not Read more...