What Really Makes An Airplane Fly? (Five Things To Do When You Can’t Fly)

Hello dear reader, this is just a quick note to ease my frustration at the weekend winter winds that are keeping us grounded. What to do when you can’t fly……Here are five ideas.

Read ‘Stick and Rudder, An explanation of the Art of Flying’:

This book was written in 1944 by Wolfgang Langewiesche and describes how airplanes fly and how they should be flown by pilots. Apparently It has become a standard reference text for aviators.

I’ve just started reading this book, I feel like I’ve come home! Where have you been all this time, my old friend?

Watch the movie ‘How Airplanes fly’ (1968):

This movie is such a joy! I’ll paste it onto the blog when I figure out how to actually do that. In the meantime, here is the link: http://archive.org/details/gov.ntis.ava08357vnb1

Its an easy to understand film about basic aerodynamics. Forces of lift, weight, thrust and drag are shown in relation to flight. I think it might be based on the Stick and Rudder book.

This movie obviously can’t compete with Andrew’s ground school training with its  aerodynamic IPad and hair-dryer demos; but its not bad, not bad at all.

I love the sound effects when the airplane lands at the start! Did you notice there are even some females in ground school in 1968?  Go Girlfriends!

Message your instructor and wax lyrical about the stalls lesson from last week:

Poor Liz!

Hang out tragically at the airstrip in the freezing wind:

You’ll never know what you find.  We found these guys there last weekend with this seriously impressive remote control airplane.  Sorry the photos aren’t better, but they’ll give you an idea.

Raise more funds:

Start doing a property investing course (initiated by enthusiastic husband) in your spare time (spare what?) to raise extra funds to support flying habit (must buy plane, must buy plane).

……………. because we all know what really makes an airplane fly – money!




Cheetah to Bantam in one afternoon

Couldn’t fly today but had a fantastic afternoon hanging out with fellow aviation junkies. We had the chance,  (thanks Andrew),  to look in on an inspiring project – a gorgeous, owner built Cheetah that’s nearing completion. Well done lads and thanks for sharing your story with us and for a  very yummy arvo tea!

I’ll just leave you with some pics of the Bantam landing this afternoon at Jaspers Brush in a cold, cold westerly wind.