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What is Adverse Yaw and How Does it Affect Flying?

Adverse Yaw - California Aeronautical University

Adverse yaw is a reality of flying that each pilot must learn to combat in order to successfully fly safely and effectively. [lwptoc skipHeadingLevel=”h3″] Adverse yaw is the tendency of an airplane, when turning and banked, to go the opposite direction. The way an airplane banks is by deflecting its ailerons. The ailerons are the hinged part …


The Basics of Aircraft Axes: Pitch, Yaw and Roll

Aircraft Axes Pitch Yaw and Roll - California Aeronautical University

While in the process of accomplishing a private certificate, pilots delve into the intricacies of aeronautics throughout ground school. It is crucial to learn about and understand aircraft axes, specifically pitch, yaw, roll, and the basic forces imposing themselves on an aircraft, along with how to work with them, rather than against them. Pilots who do so …


The Airplane Transponder

Airplane Transponder - CAU

Beyond the amazing aeronautical and thrust design developments we have pursued since the Wright brothers, arguably the next greatest development in aviation has been in electronic communications, including nonverbal communication such as the transponder.  The privilege of talking over a radio or transponder keys and speaking directly and instantaneously with air traffic control (ATC) or …


The Basics of the Cockpit Of a Plane

Basics of the Cockpit - CAU

The cockpit of even the smallest and simplest airplane can be an overwhelming place. Fortunately, the most “hands-on” elements of the cockpit—those which enable the pilot to direct the airplane’s actual movement from taxiing to landing—are usually similar from one cockpit design to another. Even if a new single-engine student pilot had never seen the …


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