Plane Stability - Plane Performance and Throttle Settings What is your plane stability after you trim for a particular speed? A plane, with perfect stability, will maintain that speed wheth… Read More
A "Hunting" Tendency Stability - static and/or dynamic. In the real world most planes have a tendency to hunt. If you let go of your planes controls it won't fly at a constant speed. I… Read More
Tail of an Airplane The tail of an airplane is arranged to resist the diving tendency of a plane. It is not meant to hold the lighter end of an airplane up in the air while in flight… Read More
Navigation - Which is Better -Slow Plane or Fast Plane Remember, a large plane and a slow both drift with the wind in straight and level flight. Speed does make a difference in… Read More
Illustration of Figure of Eight in Flight Training - Wind In pilot training an instructor had you practice figures of eights over a conspicuous object on the ground. Some times this was inc… Read More
Downwind Landings Straight downwind landings by mistake. Pilot fatigue leads to flight errors. Misread wind indicators or tower instructions. (more serious) Landing downwind, wh… Read More
Wind Drift and Crabbing Crabbing in straight and level flight for the initiated. Good example to use, with ground reference, is a N-S highway. The wind is out of the West at 20 MPH… Read More
Wind Drift The three keys of understanding "drift" from a pilots point of view are: Air is a soup Motion is relative You are "in" the air Air is a soup. In physics there exist thr… Read More
Thunderstorms - The Good - The Bad - The Evil Thunderstorms can damage or destroy planes flying into or under them. As long as pilots use common sense in preflight weather briefings and p… Read More
Taxiways - Lost and Found First, a taxiway is a communication path on an airport connecting runways with ramps, hangers, terminals and repair facilities. Larger airports the taxiways are… Read More
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