- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (September 1, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0070362408
- ISBN-13: 978-0070362406
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1 x 9.3 inches
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Stick and Rudder: An Explanation of the Art of Flying 1st Edition
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From the Publisher
Wolfgang Langewiesche first soloed in 1934 in Chicago. Early in his flying he was struck by a strange discrepancy: in piloting, the words and the realities did not agree. What pilots claimed to be doing in flying an airplane, was not what they did in practice. Langewiesche set himself the task of describing more accurately and realistically what the pilot really does when he flies. The first result was a series of articles in Air Facts, analyzing various points of piloting technique. In 1944 Stick and Rudder was published.
From the Back Cover
WHAT'S IN STICK AND RUDDER:
* The invisible secret of all heavier-than-air flight--the Angle of Attack. What it is, and why it can't be seen. How lift is made, and what the pilot has to do with it.
* Why airplanes stall
* How do you know you're about to stall?
* The landing approach. How the pilot's eye functions in judging the approach. The visual clues by which an experienced pilot unconsciously judges: how you can quickly learn to use them.
* "The Spot that does not move." This is the first statement of this phenomenon. A foolproof method of making a landing approach across pole lines and trees.
* The elevator and the throttle. One controls the speed, the other controls climb and descent. Which is which?
* The paradox of the glide. By pointing the nose down less steeply, you descend more steeply. By pointing the nose down more steeply, you can glide further.
* What's the rudder for? The rudder does NOT turn the airplane the way a boat's rudder turns the boat. Then what does it do?
* How a turn is flown. The role of ailerons, rudder, and elevator in making a turn.
* The landing--how it's made. The visual clues that tell you where the ground is.
* The "tail-dragger" landing gear and what's tricky about it. This is probably the only analysis of tail-draggers now available to those who want to fly one.
* The tricycle landing gear and what's so good about it. A strong advocacy of the tricycle gear written at a time when almost all civil airplanes were taildraggers.
* Why the airplane doesn't feel the wind. Why the airplane usually flies a little sidewise.
* Plus: a chapter on Air Accidents by Leighton Collins, founder and editor of AIR FACTS.His analyses of aviation's safety problems have deeply influenced pilots and aeronautical engineers and have contributed to the benign characteristics of today's airplane.
STICK AND RUDDER is the first exact analysis of the art of flying ever attempted. It has been continously in print for thirty-three years, and has enjoyed steadily increasing sales. Flight instructors have found that the book does indeed explain important phases of the art of flying, in a way the learner can use. It shows precisely what the pilot does when he flies, just how he does it, and why.
These basics are largely unchanging. The book therefore is applicable to large airplanes and small, old airplanes and new, and is of interest not only to the learner but also to the accomplished pilot and to the instructor himself.
When STICK AND RUDDER first came out, some of its contents were considered highly controversial. In recent years its formulations have become widely accepted. Pilots and flight instructors have found that the book works.
Today several excellent manuals offer the pilot accurate and valuable technical information. But STICK AND RUDDER remains the leading think-book on the art of flying.
One thorough reading of it should be the equivalent of many hours of practice.
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I then took a ride in a glider and fell in love with soaring! You hardly use the rudder in normal jet flying so I had a lot to "re-learn" about how important it is in light aircraft. One of my glider instructor's recommended this book. I was skeptical, but quickly fell in love with it. It was written many years ago and the old wording and line drawings just added to my interest. You won't find any equations or graphs -- but sound words from a pilot who knows how to fly.
Often what Langewiesch describes is preambled with ( I'm paraphrasing here ) "A well behaved airplane should not do this but..."
Present day trainers are much better behaved than when he wrote this book so the characteristics he goes on to explain are minimized, and as a result often misunderstood or simply ignored. They shouldn't be. Sooner or later all airplanes exhibit some or all of those traits and knowing what they are, why they occur, and how to react to them will greatly improve your skills.
Often the "theory" as inadequately explained in a noisy cockpit by your CFI as you strive to perfect your skills is only part of the puzzle. At some point theory is overcome in the real world by practical application and the limitations of aircraft design. For a simple example: you have probably been taught that you do not need to hold any rudder once you have established in a steady turn, but no doubt you have also discovered that it is sometimes necessary to hold some rudder in some turns. What gives? This book will help you identify why and when these sorts of things should or should not happen, what to do about them, and especially important, what NOT to do about them.
A lot of books tell you what to do but they don't explain why or how it works. This one does that for airplanes. If you're a helicopter pilot and you're reading this, nothing can help you (because of course, as everyone knows, helicopters don't really fly, but are repelled by the earth for being so ugly). But going back to flying machines, if you want to feel at one with the aircraft and learn to fly for pleasure rather than just to get somewhere quickly, you need this book.
Over the last 20 years I've bought many copies of this book. I always end up giving them away as gifts and have to buy another.
Top international reviews
The language is quite antiquated as the book was written many years ago, so that can take some getting used to, but once you get past that, this book really does make things make sense!
Thoroughly recommended for every pilot, budding or bloomed!
Reading some aircraft disasters on large computer controlled airliners it makes you wonder if the aircrews had missed the point of Rudder and Stick basics.
Although the book is quite old the principles of flight do not change! The author does a superb job in describing the art of flight and how to understand what the aircraft is doing by knowing what to look/hear/feel for, something that is not really taught in flight schools.
It's probably the best book I've ever read !
The writing style is , well, seventy years old, but an excellent insight to flight training in the 40s.
Readable, but may require a little more effort than modern texts.
an old book but still relevant to student pilots today