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Simplify Flying: it’s attitude plus power equals performance

I’ve had the pleasure of flying with a retired airline pilot who really made me think about flying in an entirely different way. His view demystifies flying into it’s basic, component parts to understand a complex task and achieve a certain goal. Attitude plus power equals performance. He maintains that after over 20 years of airline flying, he found there ...

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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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Aviation and climate change

C-141 Starlifter contrail. Image Courtesy of Wikipedia.org

We live in a world where there are growing concerns regarding human induced climate change. It is very high on the policy agenda of most governments, issues I have experienced first hand working as an environmental economist.   Not surprisingly, in the community it is generally accepted that we are without question experiencing climate change, and there is a consensus ...

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The ‘six-pack’ flight instruments: gyroscopes

Continuing on our review of the ‘six pack’ of flight instruments from the instruments that are powered by the pitot-static system, below we review those that are gyroscopes. A gyroscope is a rotor or spinning wheel rotating and high speed,  and exhibits two fundamental characteristics upon which all practical applications are based.  These are: Gyroscopic intertia –  or rigidity in ...

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The “six pack” flight instruments: pitot-static

Flight instruments on a Cessna 172

Let’s do a review of the six main flight instruments:  Detail is provided, of course, there is so much more we can add here!  The most important and basic flight instruments have remained the same for a long period of time, and are called the ‘six pack’.  Three of them are connected to the static port system which measures outside ...

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New Aviation Movie Review – Flight – Alaska Airlines Flight 261

Alaska Airlines Flight 261

Flight is based on a real life incident involving Alaska Airlines Flight 261 I recently watched the new aviation – themed movie, Flight starring Denzel Washington.   In it, a troubled airline pilot experiences an in-flight emergency where the horizontal stabilizer jams in the down position, sending the jet into a deep nose dive. Because the captain is a maverick pilot, he is ...

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