Principles of Flight

Written by Jack on May 31st, 2008
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Objective: To familiarize the student with the basic science behind flight so that he may better understand the operation of his aircraft.
  • Newton’s Laws
  • Bernoulli’s Principle
  • Terms
    • Angle of incidence
    • Chord line
    • Relative Wind
    • Coefficient of lift
    • Factors affecting wing design
      • Wing planform
      • Camber
      • Aspect ratio
      • Total wing area
  • Lift
    • Magnus Effect
    • Explanations of Lift
    • Factors affecting lift
      • Angle of attack/Critical AOA
      • Airspeed
      • High lift devices (AFH Figure 11-2, PHAN Figure 4-14)
    • Boundary Layer and stalls
  • Weight
  • Thrust
  • Drag
    • Parasite and Induced
      • Wingtip vortices (figure 3-22 Jepp Prv Plt)
    • Total Drag Curve (figure 3-24 Jepp Prv Plt)
  • Ground Effect

See PHAN C. 3 and C. 4

See Jeppesen Private Pilot manual C. 3

Completion Standards: The lesson is complete when the instructor determines that the student possesses adequate knowledge of the principles of flight as demonstrated by a written test or oral exam.

5 Comments so far ↓

  1. Caroline Immelman says:

    Love your lesson plans. Thank you for sharing.


  2. Jason says:

    Very Professional, and very welcome. Thank you.

  3. m.odeh says:

    very constructive ,, thx

  4. mrkeetz says:

    Can someone let me know what PHAN is? Is there a list of reading materials anywhere on the site I can refer to? I just got my commercial cert and am gathering info on doing my CFI. This site is an excellent resource. Thanks for the help!

  5. Jack says:

    PHAN is “Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge”

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