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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 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
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.