In the previous video titled, "Understanding Maneuvering Speed," I explained how maneuvering speed helps prevent structural damage to the airplane. In this video, I explain why maneuvering speed changes with a change in the airplane's weight. You must watch the first video for this video to make sense.
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ACS Changes? Don't Celebrate Yet
Flight instructors! Remove those party hats, collect the confetti and deflate those balloons because this is no time to celebrate. Celebrate what? I'm speaking of celebrating the FAA's semi-reinstatement of full-stalls in the June 2018 Commercial Airplane ACS. It turns out that... read more
How Is Maneuvering Speed Determined?
If you've ever wondered how engineers find an airplane's maneuvering speed, here's your chance to understand the concept in non-technical terms. That's right! No math here. Sit back, relax and let Rod Machado help you better understand Va and how... read more
Why Maneuvering Speed Changes With Weight
In the previous video titled, "Understanding Maneuvering Speed," I explained how maneuvering speed helps prevent structural damage to the airplane. In this video, I explain why maneuvering speed changes with a change in the airplane's weight. You must watch the... read more
Why Vx & Vy Change With Altitude
If you've ever wondered why Vx (best angle of climb speed) and Vy (best rate of climb speed) change with altitude, here's a short explanation of the concept by Rod Machado read more
The Proper Attitude for Making a High Density Altitude Takeoff
Not knowing how to select the proper attitude for departure from a high density altitude airport means you might accidentally clip the top of tall pine trees near the end of the runway (or worse). This is no way to... read more
Teaching Students How to Think Ahead of the Airplane
Here is a simple but very effective behavior modification technique I've used with my students over the years to train them to think ahead of the airplane. It's based on the principle of associative conditioning. Use it to train your... read more
Rod Machado's Five Step Teaching Process (For Any Teacher/Instructor)
Here is a 5-Step teaching strategy that I've used for decades—both in and out of an airplane cockpit—with great success. It's useful by any teacher in any training situation because it provides a strategic approach to changing a student's behavior.... read more
Leaning the Mixture for a High Density Altitude Takeoff
Here's a short video showing you several ways to lean your airplane's mixture for a high density altitude takeoff. This piece covers leaning for normally aspirated engines having fixed pitch and constant speed propellers. (www.becomeapilot.com) read more
Evaluating Your Glidepath With Runway Geometry
Take a look at this video if you’d like to improve your ability to evaluate your glidepath visually. The skill shown here is an essential component of landing any airplane safely. The best part is that it’s a relatively easy... read more
The Runway Expansion Effect: Making the Landing Flare Easier
Here's an easy method to help anyone identify when to begin the landing flare in a small airplane. The best part is that it requires no math or geometry skills. So, even if your name is not Euclid or Pythagoras,... read more
How to Lean the Mixture During Taxi to Prevent Plug Fouling
Here's quick video on how to lean the mixture during taxi to prevent plug fouling.
Knowing Where to Look When Flaring for Landing
Not sure where to look when flaring an airplane for landing? Let me help you find the correct spot to spy during the roundout and flare. It turns out that the advice we're often given about where to focus our... read more