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.
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 Dylan Aviation School of Aerobatics and Airmanship. Airmanship is typically referred to as “stick and rudder skills”, the ability to safely execute a plethora of maneuvers though-out the entire flight envelope. Airmanship is not difficult to learn, but it does require training that goes beyond the scope of today’s “pilot school”.

Traditionally pilots have done aerobatic training or earned a tailwheel endorsement with the intent to learn the skills of airmanship. Actually airmanship is the skill set necessary to fly aerobatic and tailwheel aircraft. The activity of aerobatics or flying a tailwheel airplane is a demonstration of airmanship and not necessarily an effective way to learn the basic skills. You should complete a course in airmanship if:
• your objective is the mastery of those elusive stick and rudder skills.
• you are anxious or unsure about stalls and stall recovery.
• the concept of coordinated is unclear and you do not use the rudder paddles.
• you are frequently “behind” the airplane and uncomfortable doing maneuvers.
• you “over-control” and sense the airplane is “a hand-full”.

Fundamentals of Airmanship is a course of instruction consisting of three half day modules. Each module contains two 2-hour lessons. Each lesson includes one hour ground instruction, dual flight instruction and flight debrief. Note the inclusion of rolls is not aerobatic instruction; instead the pilot will learn to make unusual attitudes usual and master attitude recovery techniques.

Module #1 – yaw, steep turns, stalls, top rudder attitude recovery, ballistic and aileron rolls
• Lesson #1: Causes, recognition and control of yaw and ballistic rolls.
• Lesson #2: Stall recognition and recovery, nose low unusual attitude recovery and aileron rolls

Module #2 – performance maneuvers, 2 point rolls and zero g maneuvers
• Lesson #3: Performance maneuvers
• Lesson #4: 2-point rolls and unusual attitude recovery using zero g maneuver.

Module #3 – power off maneuvers and sequences
• Lesson #5 – Fly all maneuvers with power off
• Lesson #6 – Fly maneuvers in a sequence with power on and power off

Fundamentals of Airmanship is a course of instruction in quintessential stick and rudder flying. Fundamentals of Airmanship is fun, and it is a best buy because those skills will change the way you fly and just might save your life.

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