Current Top Sellers
In the early 1940s, Wolfgang Langewiesche wrote a series of articles in Air Facts analyzing the various aspects of piloting techniques. Based on these articles, Langewiesches classic work on the art of flying was published in 1944. This book explains precisely what pilots do when they fly, just how they do it, and why. These basics are largely unchanging. The book applies 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 instructor. 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.
WHATS IN STICK AND RUDDER:
The invisible secret of all heavier-than-air flight--the Angle of Attack. What it is, and why it cant be seen. How lift is made, and what the pilot has to do with it.
Why airplanes stall
How do you know youre about to stall?
The landing approach. How the pilots 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.
Whats the rudder for? The rudder does NOT turn the airplane the way a boats 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 its made. The visual clues that tell you where the ground is.
The tail-dragger landing gear and whats 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 whats 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 doesnt 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 aviations safety problems have deeply influenced pilots and aeronautical engineers and have contributed to the benign characteristics of todays 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.
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 were in fact doing. What the pilot really did was poorly describe in print and in airport talk.
Langewiesche set himself the task of describing more accurately and realistically what the pilot really does when he flies.
The first result, from 1940 on, was a series of articles in AIR FACTS, analyzing various points of piloting technique. In 1944 STICK AND RUDDER was published.
Langewiesche has been a test pilot for Cessna, Change Vought, and Kollsman and has also done free-lance testing. He was written on flying, and other matters, in HARPERS, the SATURDAY EVENING POST, and READERS DIGEST. He has made long trips over large parts of the world in airplanes of his own.
You may return most new, unopened items within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. We'll also pay the return shipping costs if the return is a result of our error (you received an incorrect or defective item, etc.).
You should expect to receive your refund within four weeks of giving your package to the return shipper, however, in many cases you will receive a refund more quickly. This time period includes the transit time for us to receive your return from the shipper (5 to 10 business days), the time it takes us to process your return once we receive it (3 to 5 business days), and the time it takes your bank to process our refund request (5 to 10 business days).
If you need to return an item, simply login to your account, view the order using the "Complete Orders" link under the My Account menu and click the Return Item(s) button. We'll notify you via e-mail of your refund once we've received and processed the returned item.
We can ship to virtually any address in the world. Note that there are restrictions on some products, and some products cannot be shipped to international destinations.
When you place an order, we will estimate shipping and delivery dates for you based on the availability of your items and the shipping options you choose. Depending on the shipping provider you choose, shipping date estimates may appear on the shipping quotes page.
Please also note that the shipping rates for many items we sell are weight-based. The weight of any such item can be found on its detail page. To reflect the policies of the shipping companies we use, all weights will be rounded up to the next full pound.