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


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...

Monkey Business – Monkey Flying

Monkey flying is a pilot’s propensity to demonstrate an aerial maneuver as a muscle memory exercise. In pilot school a CFI demonstrates a maneuver to a student, then CFI and student perform the maneuver together and then the student does the maneuver alone. Monkey flying is a term that describes Read more...

Pitch – Power – Trim

You can make practice part of every flight if you make the landing pattern a maneuver (you have to land – right?) Assign values to each phase of your landing pattern and try to consistently adhere to those values every time you fly a landing pattern. The values shown in Read more...

Airmanship – A Holiday Gift That Lasts Forever

I wish you a very Merry Christmas from south Florida. My Christmas wish for all pilots is to “fly high, have fun, don’t stall and control yaw. Fly high because altitude is your friend, and have fun because why else would you want to fly an airplane. Don’t stall and Read more...

The Engine Quit – Do Not Push!

A strong, healthy bounce is part of every tailwheel pilot’s learning experience from the school of hard knocks. The lesson to be learned is, do not push. It is one of my two rules for tailwheel pilots: Do not push and never lift a wing to windward. Those rules derive Read more...