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Angle-of-Attack Indicators


Stalling the Aircraft is easy!

It's interesting how we continue ad-infinitum with the same stories about safety in flight and the only solution being more sophisticated toys and regulation.

I am disappointed that there is so little discussion about the recent movement to add another toy (AOA indicator) to the cockpit. Already we have three or four different instruments to watch just to assure not stalling when flying visual, usually during the time you probably should be looking outside.


Let's see, there are IAS, Stall Warning Horn, Climb Indicator, Altimeter, Kinesthetic Sensing, and now AOA. What did I miss, there must be something else, oh yes, how about installing stick pushers.


In spite of the Handbooks and Texts saying to pull on the control wheel for maneuvering, it’s not all that necessary. Thrust and Thrust-component lift (not discussed in any book I can find) are really what causes things to happen. All pulling or pushing the control wheel can do is change angle-of-attack allowing change of indicated-airspeed.


Maybe we should be teaching what causes stall. Why not just teach all pilots to quit pulling the control wheel. There is no way an aircraft can stall if not pulling that dumb wheel…really!


Then the pilot can concentrate on where he wants to go.  Try trimming hands-off, steer with rudder, and use power adjustment for maneuvering to cause things to happen. Amazing how the airplane just flies all by itself.


Best Regards,




Robert Reser

“They’ll think I’m crazy until they find out I’m right.”


Now read this accident report: HERE - REALLY CLOSE TO HOME, ISN'T IT?

Always ask, never assume!!!
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Friday, 03 December 2021

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