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Welcome to the New Flight Training Coalition.
Almost anyone can learn to fly an airplane. And today people from many different backgrounds are taking the plunge into aviation for diverse reasons. Flying as a career attracts young men and women from around the world and many others fly for sport or personal transportation, increasingly in countries where this was never possible before. Aircraft systems and cockpit displays have become more and more advanced, making flying safer, easier, and more comfortable. Advancements have been made in light aircraft simulation and this new generation of training devices is now in use for primary and instrument training.
And yet after more than a century of advances in technology and training paradigms, what makes a good or even great flight training experience remains somewhat of a mystery. Is flying about the freedom to take off and go wherever you want in your light airplane, or is it about complying with rules and regulations; Is flying fun or is it hard work? Does flying liberate us or does flying encumber us with heavy responsibility? Should we emphasize utilization of the newest technology or should we drill the foundational fundamentals? The answer (of course) is yes to all of the above.
The truth about flying may be slightly different for each of us, residing somewhere between the art and the science of it. The Flight Training Coalition was founded to inform and benefit those who love to fly and teach, and to support flight training in every way possible. We seek to aid the process through links and articles that may shed light on, and give answers to common problems and questions.
For training and other services available from Charles McDougal and other FTC members please check the Services and Contributors pages. Enjoy the features and information within and please contact us with your questions, comments, and suggestions. Thanks for checking in with the Flight Training Coalition. Best wishes for safe flying to each of you.
THE FOUR FUNDAMENTALS (of flight)
There are four fundamental basic flight maneuvers upon which all flying tasks are based: straight-and level flight, turns, climbs, and descents. All controlled flight consists of either one, or a combination of more than one, of these basic maneuvers
"Cannot be overemphasized"
The flight instructor must impart a good knowledge of these basic elements to the student, and must combine them and plan their practice so that perfect performance of each is instinctive without conscious effort. The importance of this to the success of flight training cannot be overemphasized.
"A clear visual and mental conception"
If a student pilot is able to perform these maneuvers well, and the student’s proficiency is based on accurate “feel” and control analysis rather than mechanical movements, the ability to perform any assigned maneuver will only be a matter of obtaining a clear visual and mental conception of it.
"Difficulties - Lack of training, practice, understanding"
As the student progresses to more complex maneuvers, discounting any difficulties in visualizing the maneuvers, most student difficulties will be caused by a lack of training, practice, or understanding of the principles of one or more of these fundamentals.
Chapter 3 - FAA AirplaneFlying Handbook
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