How To: Fly airport traffic patterns

Unless you have your own private airport (I’m looking in your direction John Travolta) then you will most likely have to coordinate your takeoffs and landings with all the other air traffic using your specific airport. Whether it be a towered or non-towered airport, this latest UND Video Standardization Lesson is designed to help you, the student pilot, become familiar and hopefully more comfortable with Airport Traffic Pattern operations.

How To: How Area 51 Fooled the Soviets with Fake Spy Planes

Area 51 is the most secretive military base in the United States, a base that U.S. government officials to this day still barely acknowledge because of its top secret development and testing of experimental aircraft and weapons systems. But a slew of Cold War-era documents have finally been declassified, and National Geographic has discovered a rather low-tech method the military used to hide its high-tech prototypes.

How To: Master Newton's second law of motion with NASA

The second law of motion. Force equals mass times acceleration. F=MA. Learn the facts about Newton's second law of motion from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, otherwise known as NASA. The United States government's most infamous agencyand the powerhouse of space exploration explains motion theory.

How To: Master Newton's third law of motion with NASA

Learn everything you need to know about Newton's third law of motion from none other than NASA. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is the United States government's most infamous agency and powerhouse of space exploration. Why wouldn't you want to learn Newton's laws of motion from them?

How To: Fly a helicopter in FSX

This tutorial will explain and demonstrate the basic techniques used to fly a helicopter in Flight Simulator X. These techniques can be applied to real helicopter flight. The video highlights a few techniques you can use when flying a helicopter, but will be difficult to follow if you don't know the basics of how a helicopter operates.

How To: Perform Power On Stall maneuvers

In this AeroCast episode, Anthony Bottini discusses the Power On Stall maneuver as performed in the Piper Warrior (PA-28-161), referencing the procedures and standards outlined in the UND Aerospace Warrior Standardization Manual. All performance tolerances are based on the performance standards set forth by the FAA Private Pilot Practical Test Standards. Power On Stall practice is vital in increasing a pilot’s proficiency in regards to stall recognition and stall recovery techniques during an...

How To: Perform the UND Aerodynamics Demonstration

UND Flight Instructor Anthony Bottini discussing in detail the UND Aerodynamics Demonstration. This maneuver is a must-watch for beginning pilots and old, grizzled aviators. The Aerodynamics Demonstration covers the full spectrum of the Fundamentals of Flight and various other flight principles that a pilot must master before being truly proficient in any aircraft.

How To: Crosswind land a plane in FSX

The landing method used in this video, crosswind landing, is the method which can be most useful in FSX. There may be better ways to land in this scenario but for this basic tutorial this approach was best. So watch and learn how to crosswind land a plane in Flight Simulator (FXX).

News: Jetman Does Acrobatics in the Sky

Looks like Yves Rossy is getting better at flying (his previous stunt sent him plummeting into the Atlantic). Other than some slight initial engine trouble, last week's record breaking aerial loops went off without a hitch. Watch below. Rossy's site states:

News: Space Tourism, Here We Come!

A family vacation to Mars might be in the not-too-distant horizon, with the first successful manned solo flight of Virgin Atlantic's VSS Enterprise this past Sunday morning. Taking off from the Mojave Air and Spaceport in California, the commercial spaceship separated from its mothership at an altitude of 45,000 feet, piloted by Pete Siebold and Mike Alsbury for a period of eleven minutes before safe landing.

How To: Draw up a VFR flight plan

When flying, having a well constructed flight plan is the key to flying safely and effectively. This video will teach you how to calculate the perfect flight plan, research flight paths, traffic, and calculating fuel flow and flight time. There's so much in this video it'll make your head spin!

How To: Perform a standard non-precision approach and landing procedure in an aircraft

A pilot that earns an instrument rating is a pilot that's mastered his or her flight skills to a level or precision and accuracy needed to safely fly an airplane through clouds, fog, and other adverse weather conditions. While flying in these weather conditions, known as IMC, or instrument meteorological conditions, a pilot is tasked with flying an airplane solely by reference to flight instruments. The pilot needs to be able to go from takeoff to landing, without having any outside visual re...

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