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Aircraft Axes Pitch Yaw and Roll - California Aeronautical University

The Basics of Aircraft Axes: Pitch, Yaw and Roll

While in the process of accomplishing a private certificate, pilots delve into the intricacies of aeronautics throughout ground school. It is important to learn about and understand aircraft axes and the basic forces imposing themselves on an aircraft along with how to work with them, rather than against them. Pilots who do so are safer in the skies, more guarded...

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Pilot Maneuvering a Short Field Takeoff - California Aeronautical University

How to Nail a Short Field Takeoff

Truly understanding how to execute a short field takeoff is one of the markers that separates a beginner pilot from an experienced one. The ability to safely demonstrate a short field takeoff is expected of pilots holding a Commercial certificate, as this indicates that he or she can demonstrate precise control of the aircraft even when taking off in conditions...

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Navigating the Skies - How Pilots Navigate In The Air - California Aeronautical University

Navigating the Skies

On the ground, we are able to make our way from Point A to Point B by knowing where to turn on roads, guided by maps, GPS, or memory. Even while traversing areas in which roads aren’t available, backpackers find their way by using a compass to point them in the right direction. But how does this apply in the...

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Specialized Aircraft for Pilots - California Aeronautical University

Moving From Standard Pilot Training to Specialized Aircraft

Image After receiving standard pilot training, most pilots will find themselves moving to operating specialized aircraft. One of the goals of initial pilot training is to teach the student how to assess and synthesize information efficiently. In order to earn their private certificate, student pilots must demonstrate that they can process streams of data, apply static book knowledge to real-time...

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Design of Airplane Wings - California Aeronautical University

Mastering Lift: The Design Of Airplane Wings

As our understanding of lift and basic aeronautical principals has improved and changed, so has the design of airplane wings. Wing design is an incredibly important aspect of aeronautical engineering. Now that computer software and advanced wind tunnel technology are aiding in the development of wing design, we are better able to understand how to best harness lift. In addition,...

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