Aerodynamic Principles for Professional Pilots, by Les Kumpula

Aerodynamic Principles
for Professional Pilots

by Les Kumpula

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Includes downloadable videos and simulations. See list in Table of Contents below

The third book in a series on Advanced Flight Techniques for the professional pilot by Les Kumpula, Professor Emeritus, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

Aerodynamic Principles for Professional Pilots illustrates the essential aerodynamic principles and applications relevant to flight technique issues. Applications are presented at the professional pilot level without unnecessary context, utilizing a visual format emphasizing pictorial concepts that enhance learning and retention.

Unlike aircraft performance and design, where aerodynamic equations provide numerical data, precision flying requires a thorough understanding of non-numerical aerodynamic principles. In the development of piloting skill, aerodynamic principles are applied qualitatively rather than quantitatively. The graphical methods used in this book are especially effective in showing these essential pilot technique principles.

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Properties of the Atmosphere

Airspeed Measurement

Transonic Flight Characteristics

Aerodynamic Force Relationships

Turn Relationships

Slips and Skids

Adverse and Proverse Yaw

Subsonic Aerodynamics
The Lift Equation
Stall Relationships
Airspeed vs. Angle of Attack
Airfoil Shape Effects on Lift
The Drag Equation
Airfoil Shape Effect on Drag
Lift and Drag Combined The L/D Ratio
Engine Characteristics
Performance Airspeeds
High Lift Devices
Three Dimensional Aerodynamics
Wake Turbulence
Ground Effect
Induced Drag
Speed Stability
Wing Shape Effects
Aircraft Type Differences

Stability and Control

Yaw Factors

Takeoff and Landing Performance

Tricycle vs. Tailwheel Airplanes

Supersonic Aerodynamics

Spaceflight Principles

Summary of Aerodynamic Facts

Included Downloadable Programs:
1] Glide Slope Wind Effect Computer
2] Turn Data Computer
3] Track Data Computer
4] Flight Demonstration Simulator

Included videos:
1] Pitch Power comparison; region of normal command
2] Pitch Power comparison; region of neutral command
3] Pitch Power comparison; region of reverse command
4] Pitch comparisons for all command regions
5] Power comparisons for all command regions
6] Airspeed response for all Command regions
7] Airspeed response - fast vs. slow engines
8] Jet fighter aircraft carrier approach
9] Changing both flight path and airspeed - climb entry
10] Changing both flight path and airspeed - descent entry
11] Changing airspeed only - constant flight path
12] Changing flight path only - constant airspeed
13] Climb leveloff and acceleration
14] Descent leveloff and deceleration
15] High performance leveloffs
16] Pitch transitions


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I'm hooked! Sep 19, 2011 Anonymous
  I'm hooked! I will be ordering all of them! What I like about the physics is that its minimal on theory, full of application, and certainly directed at pilots - particularly the ones who are always seeking to refine their skills. One section highlights the important differences between the four yaw factors. I would assume that most beginning pilots are left with a vague understanding of the... more...