Let's Go Flying August Newsletter
VOLume 1, ISSUE 2 • August 27, 2008
Live the Dream
Greatest rewards of flying
A lifelong dream of flying becomes a reality
Gone flying? Tell us about your flight and submit photos and video of the experience!
Save some green
Getting the gear you need
Aircraft of the Month
Robinson R22 Beta II
Ask a Pilot
Question: What happens when an airplane stalls?
Answer: An airplane's stall is completely different than a car's stall. A stall in the airplane has absolutely nothing to do with the engine. A stall occurs when the smooth airflow over the airplane's wing is disrupted. This can happen when the nose of the aircraft is pointed too high. To correct, pilots simply lower the nose of the airplane and go back to straight-and-level flight. So no worries, the engine doesn't stop, and the airplane doesn't fall out of the sky!
Do you have a question about flying? Ask a pilot! Call 877-58-PILOT, or send an e-mail.
Learn the Lingo
As with any passion, there’s a special “insider’s language.” We’ve pulled together some key terms to get you in the loop.
Crosswind: Hang around pilots long enough, and you'll inevitably hear them talk about crosswinds. Any time the wind isn't blowing directly down the runway, it is referred to as a crosswind. Pilots often practice crosswind landing techniques, something you'll learn in your training, and pride themselves upon its mastery.
Thermals: Those bumps you feel from time to time on an airliner are actually a glider pilot's best friends. From the air, the ground looks like a patchwork quilt. As the sun rises, it heats the earth unevenly—parking lots before forests. It creates rising columns of air, capped off by puffy cumulus clouds. Glider pilots spiral up in the thermals and can hopscotch for hundreds of miles, at least as long as the sun shines.
Elevator: An elevator is a movable surface on the tail of an airplane. It is connected to the yoke (steering wheel) in the cockpit. Pull back on the yoke, and the elevator will make the airplane climb. Push forward, and the elevator will make the airplane descend.
Have you heard or seen a term at the airport that you didn’t understand? Send us the word, and we can explain it to you—it might even appear in a future Let’s Go Flying eNewsletter!
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