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Fundamentals of Flight

Familiarize the student with the fundamentals of flight and the control inputs required for basic maneuvers. <header class=”lessonIntro”> <section class=”module”>

Elements

  • forces of flight
  • controls
  • basic modes of flight

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Resources

  • model aircraft
  • whiteboard and markers
  • Airplane Flying Handbook
  • UND standardization manual

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Instructor actions

Using guided discussion and aided with the whiteboard and model aircraft, introduce the four forces of flight as well as basic maneuvers.

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Student actions

Come prepared with AFH chapter 4 read, homework assignment completed, and participate with the guided discussion.

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Completion Standards

The lesson will be complete when the student shows a basic understanding of the four forces and how they affect fundamental flight maneuvers.

Teaching outline

  • the four forces
  • primary flight controls
    • trim
  • basic cockpit instruments
  • cockpit sight picture

Straight and level flight

  • flight control inputs
  • visual references and cross-checking
    • heading: point on the horizon, wingtips, check against DG
    • attitude: nose relative to horizon, artificial horizon, altimeter
  • airspeed, power, and trim
    • effects of different configurations
  • how to avoid overcontrolling
    • how much is too much?

Level turns

  • flight control inputs
  • visual references and cross-checking
    • heading: point on the horizon, wingtips, DG
    • attitude: nose relative to the horizon, artificial horizon
  • airspeed, power, and trim

Straight and climbing turns

Straight and turning descents