Unusual Attitudes Require Unusual Training




Please click on the links to download the Flightlab course descriptions and supporting PDF texts. For a full download, in one file, see below. For a free Adobe PDF reader, click here.


Flightlab’s Upset Recovery and Basic Aerobatics Program  PDF  (web page version)        


   (An introduction to unusual-attitude and aerobatics training, read the above first.)

Maneuvers and Flight Notes  PDF


   (Then read, or at least scan, this. Describes our training maneuvers in detail.)


Flightlab Texts on Aerodynamics

The PDF material below is useful for pilots who want to prepare for the course beforehand, and for follow-up reading. It provides a straightforward, pilot-oriented introduction to aircraft stability and control and to flying qualities observation. Flight instructors and Chief Pilots are especially welcome to use it for assigned reading. Downloading and comments are encouraged. Please link to this page.

1. Axes and Derivatives


2. Two-Dimensional Aerodynamics                    


3. Three-Dimensional Aerodynamics                      

4. Lateral/Directional Stability


5. Longitudinal Static Stability                                      

6. Longitudinal Maneuvering Stability        

7. Longitudinal Dynamic Stability        

8. Maneuvering Loads, High-G Maneuvers                      

9. Rolling Dynamics                      

10. Spins  (This is the same file as in the navigation bar, above.)                    

11. Some Differences Between Props and Jets                                  

12. Vortex Wake Turbulence                    

13. Summary of Aircraft Certification Requirements


Click here to download all the introductory and subject files above in a single 10.1 MB PDF file ready for a binder. Excellent bedside reading and a great way to learn about the Flightlab Program while increasing your knowledge of aerodynamics!

Transferability is one of the key issues in unusual-attitude training. Can what you learn in a training aircraft be transferred, safely, to a larger aircraft? Number 11, above, contains some thoughts on the differences between large and small aircraft. In addition, if it applies to your type of flying you might want to take a look at the Airplane Upset Recovery Training Aid, Revision 2, an industry-wide program that focuses on large aircraft (and is an appropriately large file25 MB). The Flightlab Program is consistent with the guidance outlined in the Recovery Training Aid.

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