Stick and rudder

an explanation of the art of flying

Author: Wolfgang Langewiesche

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional


Category: Reference

Page: 390

View: 929

WHAT'S IN STICK AND RUDDER: The invisible secret of all heavier-than-air flight: the Angle of Attack.What it is, and why it can't be seen. How lift is made, and what the pilot has to do with it. Why airplanes stallHow do you know you're about to stall? The landing approach.How the pilot's eye functions in judging the approach. The visual clues by which an experienced pilot unconsciously judges:how you can quickly learn to use them. "The Spot that does not move."This is the first statement of this phenomenon. A foolproof method of making a landing approach across pole lines and trees. The elevator and the throttle.One controls the speed, the other controls climb and descent. Which is which? The paradox of the glide.By pointing the nose down less steeply, you descend more steeply. By pointing the nose down more steeply, you can glide further. What's the rudder for?The rudder does NOT turn the airplane the way a boat's rudder turns the boat. Then what does it do? How a turn is flown.The role of ailerons, rudder, and elevator in making a turn. The landing--how it's made.The visual clues that tell you where the ground is. The "tail-dragger" landing gear and what's tricky about it.This is probably the only analysis of tail-draggers now available to those who want to fly one. The tricycle landing gear and what's so good about it.A strong advocacy of the tricycle gear written at a time when almost all civil airplanes were taildraggers. Why the airplane doesn't feel the wind. Why the airplane usually flies a little sidewise. Plus:a chapter on Air Accidents by Leighton Collins, founder and editor of AIR FACTS. His analyses of aviation's safety problems have deeply influenced pilots and aeronautical engineers and have contributed to the benign characteristics of today's airplane. Stick and Rudderis the first exact analysis of the art of flying ever attempted. It has been continously in print for thirty-three years. It shows precisely what the pilot does when he flies, just how he does it, and why. Because the basics are largely unchanging, the book therefore is applicable to large airplanes and small, old airplanes and new, and is of interest not only to the learner but also to the accomplished pilot and to the instructor himself. When Stick and Rudderfirst came out, some of its contents were considered highly controversial. In recent years its formulations have become widely accepted. Pilots and flight instructors have found that the book works. Today several excellent manuals offer the pilot accurate and valuable technical information. But Stick and Rudderremains the leading think-book on the art of flying. One thorough reading of it is the equivalent of many hours of practice.

Weekend Pilots

Technology, Masculinity, and Private Aviation in Postwar America

Author: Alan Meyer

Publisher: JHU Press


Category: History

Page: 328

View: 346

In 1960, 97 percent of private pilots were men. More than half a century later, this figure has barely changed. In Weekend Pilots, Alan Meyer provides an engaging account of the post-World War II aviation community. Drawing on public records, trade association journals, newspaper accounts, and private papers and interviews, Meyer takes readers inside a white, male circle of the initiated that required exceptionally high skill levels, that celebrated facing and overcoming risk, and that encouraged fierce personal independence. The Second World War proved an important turning point in popularizing private aviation. Military flight schools and postwar GI-Bill flight training swelled the ranks of private pilots with hundreds of thousands of young, mostly middle-class men. Formal flight instruction screened and acculturated aspiring fliers to meet a masculine norm that traced its roots to prewar barnstorming and wartime combat training. After the war, the aviation community’s response to aircraft designs played a significant part in the technological development of personal planes. Meyer also considers the community of pilots outside the cockpit—from the time-honored tradition of "hangar flying" at local airports to air shows to national conventions of private fliers—to argue that almost every aspect of private aviation reinforced the message that flying was by, for, and about men. The first scholarly book to examine in detail the role of masculinity in aviation, Weekend Pilots adds new dimensions to our understanding of embedded gender and its long-term effects. -- Amy E. Foster, University of Central Florida, author of Integrating Women into the Astronaut Corps: Politics and Logistics at NASA, 1972–

Atmospheric and Space Flight Dynamics

Modeling and Simulation with MATLAB® and Simulink®

Author: Ashish Tewari

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media


Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 556

View: 213

This book offers a unified presentation that does not discriminate between atmospheric and space flight. It demonstrates that the two disciplines have evolved from the same set of physical principles and introduces a broad range of critical concepts in an accessible, yet mathematically rigorous presentation. The book presents many MATLAB and Simulink-based numerical examples and real-world simulations. Replete with illustrations, end-of-chapter exercises, and selected solutions, the work is primarily useful as a textbook for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate-level students.

On the Wing

Book Two of Flying: A Trilogy

Author: Eric Kraft

Publisher: St. Martin's Press


Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 437

In Taking Off, the first installment of Eric Kraft's beguiling trilogy, Peter Leroy built an aerocycle in his parents' garage, working from designs he found in Impractical Craftsman magazine. Cheered on by the gathered residents of his small Long Island beach community, Peter readied his contraption for the adventure of a lifetime: a solo cross-country flight to New Mexico and back. Now Peter is ready to fly---and in On the Wing, he tells the hilarious tale of his journey across a mid-century America populated by eccentrics, crackerbarrel philosophers, and figments of the national imagination. In small hops, mostly consisting of "taxiing" and "landing," he visits roadside attractions and unusual towns: one where every casual expression and idiom is questioned (hence a diner offering "Real Diner Cooking" rather than real home cooking); another where he is chased with pitchforks and shotguns by citizens still traumatized by Orson Welles's "War of the Worlds"; a remote crossroads where he finds himself under attack by a low-flying plane; and finally a town near Roswell, New Mexico, where Peter becomes a phenomenon to rival Roswell's reputation for alien invasion. Along the way, Peter encounters other on-the-roaders, and finds himself pursued by a mysterious dark-haired girl, who continues to appear in different guises and seems strangely familiar, though he can't quite place her face. And, in a parallel contemporary journey undertaken with his wife, Albertine, the adult Peter revisits his long-ago journey, navigating as Albertine drives a vintage automobile through a much-changed America, and misremembering every step of the way. On the Wing is a playful but profound novel about an Icarus who does not crash and burn, but grows older, wiser, and productively forgetful as he reimagines his boyhood to create the story of his life.


My Adventures in the Air

Author: Clyde Edgerton

Publisher: Algonquin Books


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 148

A “spellbinding” memoir about the author’s passion for flying, including his stint as a combat pilot in Vietnam (Tim O’Brien). When Clyde Edgerton was four years old, his mother took him to the local airport to see the planes. For the boy, it was love at first sight. Eighteen years later, she would take him to the same airport to catch a flight to Texas for Air Force pilot training. Edgerton tells the story of his lifelong love affair with flying, from his childlike wonder to his job as a fighter pilot flying reconnaissance over the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Now, decades after the Vietnam War, he looks back at his youthful passion for flying, at the joy he took in mastering it, at the exhilaration—and lingering anguish—of combat aviation. It is a story that will resonate with every pilot who remembers their first takeoff, first landing, and first solo flight, or any passenger who has marveled at a journey through the sky—Solo offers a “heartfelt celebration of the flying life” (The New York Times). “Spellbinding, exciting, funny, informative, moving, and beautifully, beautifully, beautifully written.” —Tim O’Brien, author of The Things They Carried

Aviation Visual Perception

Research, Misperception and Mishaps

Author: Colonel Randy Gibb

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.


Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 312

View: 248

Vision is the dominant sense used by pilots and visual misperception has been identified as the primary contributing factor in numerous aviation mishaps, resulting in hundreds of fatalities and major resource loss. Despite physiological limitations for sensing and perceiving their aviation environment, pilots can often make the required visual judgments with a high degree of accuracy and precision. At the same time, however, visual illusions and misjudgments have been cited as the probable cause of numerous aviation accidents, and in spite of technological and instructional efforts to remedy some of the problems associated with visual perception in aviation, mishaps of this type continue to occur. Clearly, understanding the role of visual perception in aviation is key to improving pilot performance and reducing aviation mishaps. This book is the first dedicated to the role of visual perception in aviation, and it provides a comprehensive, single-source document encompassing all aspects of aviation visual perception. Thus, this book includes the foundations of visual and vestibular sensation and perception; how visual perceptual abilities are assessed in pilots; the pilot's perspective of visual flying; a summary of human factors research on the visual guidance of flying; examples of specific visual and vestibular illusions and misperceptions; mishap analyses from military, commercial and general aviation; and, finally, how this knowledge is being used to better understand visual perception in aviation's next generation. Aviation Visual Perception: Research, Misperception and Mishaps is intended to be used for instruction in academia, as a resource for human factors researchers, design engineers, and for instruction and training in the pilot community.

Plane Talk: Cessna Export Tales

Author: Eyvinn H. Schoenberg

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 296

View: 981

Plane Talk: Cessna Export Tales is the story of the team of close friends in the Export Department of the Cessna Aircraft Company, Wichita Kansas as seen through the eyes of Eyvinn H. Schoenberg as he relates through forty tales and five epilogue histories, experiences of his own and those of his friends in exporting Cessnas worldwide. He describes his strict flight training in a Piper Cub, and the fun of flying Cessnas once authorized to be a Cessna Utility Pilot while learning to fly The Cessna Way, as well as his own and others adventures in flying, selling, and developing an internationally based Distributor and Dealer organization, whose sales of Cessnas in the Caribbean, South America, Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, The Far East, Europe, The Middle East, and various African countries in great part caused Wichita Kansas to be called The Air Capitol of the World.

Stick and Rudder Classics, Boxed Set

Author: Robert N. Buck

Publisher: McGraw-Hill


Category: Transportation

Page: 918

View: 985

These three landmark aviation bestsellers make the ultimate gift for pilots and aviation enthusiasts. Packaged together, readers will receive the classics "Stick and Rudder, Instrument Flying, " and "Weather Flying." A rare treat, this value is not to be missed.