Archives for Flying Skills

Crosswind Landing Technique

Crosswind Landing Technique Us aviators are mere playthings of the elements, particularly the wind. An important part of good airmanship is to know what the wind is doing at all times and this is vitally important in the circuit. Apart from being an essential piloting skill, being competent at crosswind landings will boost confidence in your flying ability. You will also be equipped to handle a broader range of weather conditions and won’t be so much at the mercy of the elements. There are two recognised crosswind landing techniques – the crab method and the side slip.   The Crab
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Forward Slip Vs Side Slip – When To Use And What’s The Difference

Forward Slip Vs Side Slip – When To Use And What’s The Difference Forward slips and side slips are the same in terms of aerodynamics.  They are both un-coordinated flight manoeuvres involving the use of crossed controls – that is stick and rudder applied in opposing directions. However, a key difference between the two is in their application. Forward slips are a safe way to lose height quickly without gaining excessive airspeed, whilst side slips can be used for crosswind landings. Another key difference concerns the position of the aeroplane’s longitudinal axis, in relation to the flight path. In a
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My Circuits Are Finally Coming Together

My Circuits Are Finally Coming Together When learning to fly, you ideally need a lesson a week at the very minimum to build up your skills. Anything less than that and you could be throwing money away as you tend to spend part of your next lesson getting re-acquainted with the aircraft. I have had a really bad run of luck since I started flying due to the good old British weather, and many of my lessons have been cancelled. At the time of today’s lesson I hadn’t flown in three weeks. This was very much reflected in my take
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