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Adverse yaw describes an aircraft’s natural tendency to yaw in the opposite direction to the direction of a banked turn.
Adverse yaw describes an aircraft’s natural tendency to yaw in the opposite direction to the direction of a banked turn.
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11 February 2024
The question of how an airplane’s wing produces lift  is one of the most frequently asked aeronautical questions and also one of the most poorly explained.
The question of how an airplane’s wing produces lift is one of the most frequently asked aeronautical questions and also one of the most poorly explained.
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18 August 2023
An introduction to the composition and physical properties of our atmosphere, and how this relates to aircraft performance.
An introduction to the composition and physical properties of our atmosphere, and how this relates to aircraft performance.
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28 July 2023
An introduction to the fundamental physical laws governing heaver-than-air flight, and how this translates to the motion of an aircraft in flight.
An introduction to the fundamental physical laws governing heaver-than-air flight, and how this translates to the motion of an aircraft in flight.
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20 July 2023
The altimeter is one of the primary flight instruments and is used to measure vertical height. This post covers operating principles and altimeter design.
The altimeter is one of the primary flight instruments and is used to measure vertical height. This post covers operating principles and altimeter design.
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27 June 2023
The airspeed indicator (ASI) is an instrument that makes use of the aircraft’s pitot-static system to provide the pilot with a reading of the aircraft's speed.
The airspeed indicator (ASI) is an instrument that makes use of the aircraft’s pitot-static system to provide the pilot with a reading of the aircraft's speed.
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30 September 2022
An overview of all aspects associated with light aircraft propellers including forces, design, and how to manage a propeller in flight.
An overview of all aspects associated with light aircraft propellers including forces, design, and how to manage a propeller in flight.
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28 September 2022
The carburetor forms a part of the engine’s induction system and is responsible for bringing together and mixing the air and fuel.
The carburetor forms a part of the engine’s induction system and is responsible for bringing together and mixing the air and fuel.
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28 September 2022
An aircraft magneto uses the principle of electromagnetic induction to generate the high voltage necessary to drive engine ignition.
An aircraft magneto uses the principle of electromagnetic induction to generate the high voltage necessary to drive engine ignition.
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28 September 2022
Four-stroke engines are the most common engine type in use in the general aviation industry. In this tutorial we will examine the four-stroke cycle in detail.
Four-stroke engines are the most common engine type in use in the general aviation industry. In this tutorial we will examine the four-stroke cycle in detail.
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28 September 2022
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