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Stability and Aircraft Control

By Dave Esser Reprinted from Woman Pilot magazine Stability is the resistance something exhibits against a displacement force, and has been touted in everything from personal relationships to the cosmic forces of the universe. In the context of aircraft, stability plays a key role in the ability to maintain control. The opposite of stability is […]

Turning Aerodynamics

By Dave Esser Reprinted from Woman Pilot magazine Student pilots are first taught the basics of straight and level flight. After practice the basics of aircraft control in keeping the shiny side up is mastered with relative ease. The newfound confidence is easily destroyed when the first turn is attempted. An airplane does not turn […]