Pilot Topics

Myth #1

Lesson 1

Myth: Flying too slowly causes stalls.

Reality: Astute as the Brothers were, even Orville and Wilbur Wright erroneously believed that stalling was related to slow airspeed. Angle of attack is the defining parameter for the stall; thus, airspeed by itself is useless as an indicator of our margin to the stall. Yet the airspeed myth persists, often being reinforced by the simplistic, wings-level, one-g stalls practiced repeatedly for check rides.

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