Basic Aircraft Control
“How to Fly Airplanes” is the first complete review of aircraft control in almost fifty years. There are many considerations of flight control not found in current texts. Even the accomplished professional pilot and flight instructor will find in this book there are different ways to consider how flight control is accomplished. 1. Flight. The forces of lift; The wings, horizontal stabilizer, rudder and thrust-component. 2. How airplanes stall; Only with Pilot input holding aft elevator to exceed critical angle of attack. The pilot stalls the aircraft…every time. 3. Directed Course flight; Maneuvering visually by collision course toward points on the horizon or ground. 4. Engine thrust-component lift and gravity-component thrust; Component forces aiding flight and attitude control. 5. Indicated-airspeed control; Use of elevator position and engine thrust-component lifting to set angle of attack. 6. Flight controls and engine thrust-component lift; Direct the thrust for attitude control. 7. Level, constant indicated-airspeed turn. Requires power coordination and no elevator input. 8. Engine Thrust; Consider the thrust available. Learn what that is in a small aircraft. 9. Approach and landing; The rudder steers and power controls descent. Learn to use the feet for steering from short final to touchdown to parking.
By the author, Rober Reser: “I cannot find a book that correctly explains all the basics of aircraft control. I need to write it down…How to Fly an Airplane!”
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