Advanced Airmanship Secrets

Pitch & Power

Pitch, power and drag each influence your plane's airspeed and glide path. We tend to set our drag producing devises into a predetermined configuration then continuously and simultaneously adjust pitch and power to fly control airspeed and glide path.

You'll land better if you fly your approaches at a consistent indicated airspeed. This can be a bit harder than it sounds because it seems that the wind is never the same on any two landings. You'll have to continuously adjust your engine's power to project your glide to the right spot on the runway. Here's the rub: when you change power setting, you must change your pitch to maintain that ideal indicated airspeed.

We'll go through all this in the video.