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Flight Maneuvers

The Base to Final Turn

One of the most important and critical turns in the circuit pattern, and in your flight, is when you are ‘low and slow.’  The base to final turn is a critical manoeuvre that when done uncoordinated, can lead to an increased risk of an unrecoverable stall-spin accident. Because we are so low in that phase of flight, recovering from a ...

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Illustrative example of wing stall using yarn

This video shows what happens to the air flow over a wing as it stalls.  Yarn, placed all over this airplane wing is pushed backward by laminar airflow during regular flight.  When approaching stall speeds,  the laminar layer moves forward more and more until it is all the way at the leading edge of the wing and drops off, causing ...

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Aviat Husky tows skier up mountain in Alaska

This video combines our two favorite things in the world – skiing and flying. Though we doubt we’d be brave enough to try this. Towed behind an airplane – now that’s one creative and quick way of getting to the top! U.S. Ski Team member Reese Hanneman is being towed by an Aviat Husky airplane somewhere in the Alaska range. ...

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81 Turn World Record Inverted Flat Spin

This video of a world record breaking inverted flat spin will make you dizzy just watching it. The Pitts S-2B just drops like a rock! Watch as he plummets, upside down over 21,000 feet. Air show performer Spencer Suderman makes an 81 turn, three minute long inverted flat spin in his Pitts S-2B that took him from 23,000 feet to less ...

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How to master the power-on stall

The departure stall Throughout my training, I have done a lot of stalls, and eventually got the point where I was quite comfortable with them. Power off, power on, including the more advanced high power stalls.  I was rather surprised when doing my full review of everything before my flight test, when my instructor asked me to demonstrate high power stalls ...

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Kit plane landing on a ship at sea

Foxbat lands on cargo ship I recently watched the video of one of the most impressive landing and take off I have ever seen – a small plane landing on a ship at sea.  This is right up there with the video of the Piper Cub that landed and took off on a mountain ridge. The pilot of an Aeroprakt A-22 ...

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