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Chapter 5 - Flight Controls - Level 2

   We pointed out earlier that aircraft are able to sustain flight because of a balance among the four forces we've just discussed: lift, weight. thrust, and drag. When the aircraft is in the air and flying straight and level, we can assume that these four forces are in balance. But you may say, the aircraft has to get there somehow. So. what other types of aircraft motion are there besides straight, level, and unaccelerated flight?

Figure 5-0  Other types of aircraft motion.

At the end of this block of study, you should be able to:

Identify the three axes of rotation.
Describe the surfaces and devices used to control the flight of an aircraft.
Explain how aircraft flight is controlled.
Describe the basic flight maneuvers an airplane can make.
Identify the actions needed for carrying out basic flight maneuvers.
Explain the cause and effect of a stall.

Sections in this Chapter:

Section 5.1 - THE AXES OF ROTATION
Section 5.2 - BASIC FLIGHT MANEUVERS
Section 5.3 - TAKEOFF AND CLIMB
Section 5.4 - LANDING
Section 5.5 - STALLS
Section 5.6 - REVIEW EXERCISE

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