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#238 Pitch and Power

There may be no better symbol of how flight training is conducted than the old debate about what controls speed and what controls altitude. […]

#237 Tara’s “Aha!” Moment

 

Written in July, 2019

All of us who fly are indebted to our flight instructors. There are good ones and not so good ones. But they guide their students to their private pilot certificates and in doing so they teach a whole bunch of details. In fact, the number of facts they […]

#235 The Tailwheel Town Landing

“…Why do you suppose that Acme Grads land the way they do? They make high, wide downwinds, then keep the power in and the flaps down while they fly a huge pattern that ends at some point on the runway. ” […]

#234 Air Awareness

“I remember one such time when a friend and I were offered a chance to ride in the Catalina that was part of the Erickson Aircraft collection. We sat in the voluminous back of the plane as Brent Conner rumbled the old ship down to the approach end of the runway. He did the runup and one mag on one engine dropped a lot. Brent decided that some work needed to be done and it wasn’t worth departing with that bad mag. So we never flew, but it was Air Awareness time. And it was worth something to us all.” […]

#232 The Go-Around

“He was carrying power, even though he was too high. But we’re used to seeing that. After all, that’s how Acme trains. As he approached short final, we called to THAT unhearing pilot, “Go around, go around!” […]

Get Some Glider Time!

 

Larry Lansburgh

 

A few hours of stick time in a glider can give you a deeper knowledge of the environment in which you fly—knowledge that many airplane pilots lack. My glider experience came in handy one summer day when I took off in a rented Citabria from the Medford, […]

#229 The Dirt Runway

“You would be amazed at how many rated pilots have NEVER landed on dirt or grass.” […]

#228 Midair

“Coast Guard Air Station, San Fran, this is Helo one three eight six. Mayday, mayday, mayday. We’ve had a bird strike. The pilot is unconscious.” […]

#227 Hold it off

” I’m not always correct, but I do find that I’m often pushing when my students are pulling. ” […]

#226 “Prop-Slingin’ a Specialty

“…perhaps it was the snap roll that did it. Whatever it was, the sudden force on the crank shaft caused it to break and the propeller to depart from the rest of the airplane.” […]