Category: Lessons

Why are plane windows round?


We often learn the most from our failures, this is particularly true for advancements in the field of engineering. Unfortunately for the engineers in the aviation industry, the prices to pay for failure are high. This will be a reoccurring theme in my videos, trust me. The flip-side of this unforgiving industry, is that it […]

VOR Naviagtion


Have you ever been so lost in your car that you actually considered pulling into a used car lot, selling the car, and using the money to purchase a new identity? If so, you were really lost. Getting unlost is easy, especially in a car. You simply drive into a gas station and ask for […]

Steep Turns


I like steep turns! They’re fun, challenging, and, in many cases, they are a good test of a pilot’s ability to recognize the limits of airplane performance. And, if you play Microsoft® Combat Flight Simulator, they’re useful to get away from a bandit who is trying to shoot your tail off! Steep turns (those typically […]

The Stall Situation


First, a Little Theory In our class on slow flight, I showed you how, in order to maintain sufficient lift for flight, the wing’s angle of attack increased as the airspeed decreased. Perhaps you’ve wondered if there is a limit to how much the angle of attack could increase. After all, common sense suggests there […]

The Traffic Pattern


Airplanes are like homing pigeons: they all have a particular place to go. In the case of airplanes, it’s the airport. For homing pigeons, they head… home. With all those airplanes heading for airports (in some cases, the same airport), it’s amazing that they don’t bump into one another more often. In the spirit of […]


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