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Always ask, never assume!!!


His request approved, the CNN News photographer quickly used a cell phone to call the local airport to charter a flight.

He was told a twin-engine plane would be waiting for him at the airport.

Arriving at the airfield, he spotted a plane warming up outside a hanger.

He jumped in with his bag, slammed the door shut, and shouted, 'Let's go'.

The pilot taxied out, swung the plane into the wind and took off.

Once in the air, the photographer instructed the pilot, 'Fly over the valley and make low passes so I can take pictures of the fires on the hillsides.'

'Why?' asked the pilot.

'Because I'm a photographer for CNN' , he responded, 'and I need to get
some close up shots.'

The pilot was strangely silent for a moment, finally he stammered, 'So, what you're telling me, is . . . You're NOT my flight instructor?'

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?

Don't Hold it to Yourself - Share!
Angle-of-Attack Indicators


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