- Unknown Binding: 390 pages
- Publisher: MCGRAW-HILL Professional (1998)
- ASIN: B00FKYFYUW
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Stick and Rudder: An Explanation of the Art of Flying (Hardback) - Common Unknown Binding – 1998
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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