In flight training and in regular flight operations, an understanding of aerodynamics, flight mechanics, and their applications is important to a pilot. This understanding allows flight crew members to operate their aircraft to the limits of itís flight envelope - without the risk of stepping beyond these limits. To pilots who fly in commercial operations, this ability is critical. Even to recreational flyers who are likely to lean towards less demanding flying, this knowledge can be invaluable.
The purpose of this book is to introduce the fundamental aspects of aerodynamics to flight crew - students and veterans alike - so they can understand the operation of their aircraft more thoroughly. The book starts from scratch and is intended to bring the student from the pre-solo training stage right up through the commercial licence and the instructor course. As such, some of the information presented is more in-depth than may be necessary for a private or recreational pilot. This shouldnít discourage beginning students, but should allow them - with the assistance of an instructor - to pick and choose what they must know and then to come back at a later date to learn more on their own.
As a student and instructor, I noticed a recurring problem among training manuals - they tended to be practical in the extreme or theoretical in the extreme. There was little or no opportunity presented to bridge the gap between theory and practice. As a result, it has become a common practice for a student to learn one thing in the classroom and something else entirely in the airplane. This is unfortunate since all "theory" is developed to allow some practical application or use, and all "practice" is based on some theory. There clearly needs to be a way to link the two. This book is intended to do just that.
Part I (Chapter #ís 1 through 9) of Applied Aerodynamics for Private and Commercial Pilots is developed to present the theoretical background that is needed to move on to Part II. Part II (Chapter #ís 10 through 23) of the book is built on the foundation laid in Part I and is intended to establish practical methods for handling the aircraft. The two parts of the book are semi-independent of one another. They can be used separately but are intended to work best together. As well, this book can be used independently of others, but I recommend referencing your studies to other related texts.
Since this book is intended to introduce the fundamental elements of flight theory, I have intentionally left some things out. These ideas may be of interest to some readers - particularly those who wish to pursue a career in aviation. The items that I have ignored are jet engine propulsion and performance, multi-engine aerodynamics, and high speed aerodynamics. For those interested, these topics are covered very well in several other texts&mdashincluding some listed in the bibliography.
Throughout this book, abbreviations are used regularly. Reading the book in order should allow you to become familiar with these abbreviations as they are introduced. However, if you are using this text as a reference manual, some abbreviations may be unfamiliar to you. They are presented with their meanings in the Glossary. As well, for readers using this text as a reference, a comprehensive index is included at the back of the book.
At the end of each chapter, there are some questions and problems for readers to work with. Most of these questions can be answered directly out of the text. However, some of the questions require some interpretation on the part of the reader. The answers are provided in the back of the book.
Many of the concepts discussed in this book (particularly in Part I) have been simplified for our purposes. These simplifications reflect the needs of student pilots, as opposed to engineers. The discrepancies are acceptable to us as pilots, and they allow us to avoid the more complicated mathematics while still grasping the important concepts which we need to fly our aircraft.VIEW: Content Sample
About Applied Aerodynamics for Private and Commercial Pilots
Applied Aerodynamics for Private and Commercial Pilots introduces pilots to flight theory and it's application to real-world flight operations. The book is divided into two parts—Theory and Practice. Part one introduces the topics of flight mechanics as they apply to pilots. Part two discusses how this theory applies to the practical operation of the aircraft. Combined, the two segments of the book will supplement flight instruction and provide pilots with the required background to learn competent handling of the aircraft.
Included in the book is an extensive set of illustrations and diagrams to help students and practicing pilots build their understanding of aircraft behavior. Each chapter ends with a full summary, and a set of questions and excercises. Answers to questions and solutions to exercises are included in an appendix.