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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: Fly a helicopter with a hands on simulator

This video demonstrates the Heli-Chair and how you can use it to learn how to fly a helicopter. It has the same controls as a full size helicopter, but you are flying a model instead. This is not a computer simulation, it is a real helicopter that flys like a real helicopter!

How To: Maintain that centerline

This episode discusses the four causal aerodynamic factors leading to the overall left turning tendency that an aircraft experiences during flight. Join Scott Ludwig and Seth Hardley as they teach about Torque Effect, Spiraling Slipstream, Gyroscopic Precession and P-Factor and how these principles will affect your aircraft on your next training flight. During the takeoff roll, remember to maintain centerline at all times and don’t get lazy feet.

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: 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: Perform commercial eights on pylons when flying

This video, brought to you by UND AeroCast, will teach the fundamentals of commercial eights with pylons when flying. The objective of eights on pylons is to develop the ability to maneuver the airplane accurately, while dividing attention between the flight path and selective pylons on the ground.

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).

How To: Fly in a holding pattern

its time to learn the UND-Standardized IFR Holding Pattern. Even though most people fly airplanes to go fast, there are times that we are required to fly those airplanes fast, but in a racetrack pattern over and over again.

How To: Fly an airplane

If you are interested in learning how to fly a plane, this video series is perfect for you. While this is only an introduction to soaring the skies, it will help you understand more about the process of flying.

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...

How To: Calculate density altitude when you are flying

In flight school, at some point or another you will be asked to determine your density altitude. In this professionally taught tutorial, lean how to calculate density altitude on a flight computer. This lesson is taught by an instructor from the Golden State Flying Club at Gillespie Field in El Cajon, California. So, if you are just beginning to fly, check out this clip and make sure you know all there is to know.

How To: Apply Newton's laws of motion to cruise with NASA

See how Newton's laws of motion apply to an aircraft's cruise performance with this educational video from NASA -- the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the leading resource for space exploration. There's no better place to learn about aerospace and Newton's three laws of motion and how they apply to aeronautics than NASA.

How To: Master weight and balance concepts with NASA

Join NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) as they give the basics on the concepts of weight and balance as applied to aerospace. There's no better place to learn about aviation theory than NASA, the United States government's most infamous agency--the powerhouse of space exploration.

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