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Stick and Rudder: An Explanation of the Art of Flying

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ISBN13: 9780070362406
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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 stall How 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 Rudder is 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 Rudder first 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 Rudder remains the leading think-book on the art of flying. One thorough reading of it is the equivalent of many hours of practice.

Synopsis:

This classic offers an analysis of the art of flying, along with explanations of what a pilot actually does.

Synopsis:

In the early 1940's, Wolfgang Langewiesche wrote a series of articles in Air Facts analyzing the various aspects of piloting techniques. Based on these articles, Langewiesche's classic work on the art of flying was published in 1944. This book explains precisely what pilots do when they fly, just how they do it, and why. These basics are largely unchanging. The book applies 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 instructor. Today, several excellent manuals offer the pilot accurate and valuable technical information. But Stick and Rudder remains the leading think-book on the art of flying.

About the Author

Wolfgang Langewiesche fist soloed in 1934 in Chicago. Early in his flying he was struck by a strange discrepancy: in piloting, the words and realities did not agree. What pilots claimed to be doing, in flying an airplane, was not what they were in fact doing. What the pilot really did was poorly described in print and in airport talk. Langewiesche set himself the task of describing more accurately and realistically what the pilot really does when he flies.

The first result, from 1940 on, was a series of articles in Air Facts, analyzing various points of piloting technique. In 1944 Stick and Rudder was published.

Langewiesche has been a test pilot for Cessna, Chance Vought, and Kollsman and has also done free-lance testing. He has written on flying, and other matters, in Harper's, the Saturday Evening Post, and Reader's Digest. He has made long trips over large parts of the world in airplanes of his own.

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Charlie Branch, March 5, 2012 (view all comments by Charlie Branch)
This is one book that should equip every aviator's library. His observation that very little time is spent during training in flight at slow speed (minimum controllable airspeed), while the most critical phases of flight occur in that regime, is so true! My best training experiences are of pattern work, bumping around the circuit just above stall speed in order to accommodate other traffic, while minding the rpm to stay out of prop limitation ranges, which meant intervals of slow descents and slow climbs. Operating limitations...another topic for understanding by novitiates. I agree with the author that more time should be spent training at slower speeds, despite instructors' inclinations to the contrary. My other favorite is Emergency Maneuver Training (trademarked by Rich Stowell), which also reinforces the notion that airplanes fly with airflow over the wings, without regard for the location of the ground. Flight is truly liberating, as long as you remember to leave enough room for (relative)"wind beneath the wings." Until you wish to stall the airplane at a short distance above the ground in order to complete the transition to land, that is.
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larrymyers2, December 16, 2009 (view all comments by larrymyers2)
I read Stick and Rudder in the early sixties when I was first learnig to fly, and the understanding gained served me well in both airplane and glider flying. It is the classic.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780070362406
Author:
Langewiesche, Wolfgang
Author:
Langewiesche, William
Author:
Langewiesche Wolfgang
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Airplanes
Subject:
Dynamics
Subject:
Aeronautics & Astronautics
Subject:
Aviation - Piloting & Flight Instruction
Subject:
Flight
Subject:
Aerodynamics
Subject:
WINGS,Flying,Air,Rudder,Flying Instinct,Buoyancy,Lift,Gaits,Flown,Art,Explanation,Air SENSE
Subject:
Aviation, aeronautics, flight instruction, learning to fly, aeoronotics, airplane, book, pilot, guide, how to fly, Flying, Air, Rudder, Flying Instinct, Buoyancy, Lift, Gaits, Flown, Explanation, the $100 hamburger
Subject:
Aviation, aeronautics, flight instruction, learning to fly, aeoronotics, airplane, book, pilot, guide, how to fly, Flying, Air, Rudder, Flying Instinct, Buoyancy, Lift, Gaits, Flown, Explanation, the $100 hamburger, mushing glide, relative wind blows, air
Subject:
Speed of Best Distance, Speed of Best Duration, Bernoulli s Theorem
Subject:
Aviation, aeronautics, flight instruction, learning to fly, aeoronotics, airplane, book, pilot, guide, how to fly, Flying, Air, Rudder, Flying Instinct, Buoyancy, Lift, Gaits, Flown, Explanation, the $100 hamburger, mushing glide, relative wind blows, air
Subject:
Aviation-Flight Instruction and Aerodynamics
Copyright:
Edition Number:
70
Series Volume:
11
Publication Date:
September 1990
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
390
Dimensions:
9.27x6.19x.85 in. 1.33 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , This classic offers an analysis of the art of flying, along with explanations of what a pilot actually does.
"Synopsis" by , In the early 1940's, Wolfgang Langewiesche wrote a series of articles in Air Facts analyzing the various aspects of piloting techniques. Based on these articles, Langewiesche's classic work on the art of flying was published in 1944. This book explains precisely what pilots do when they fly, just how they do it, and why. These basics are largely unchanging. The book applies 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 instructor. Today, several excellent manuals offer the pilot accurate and valuable technical information. But Stick and Rudder remains the leading think-book on the art of flying.
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