Airfoils are used to create lift on airplanes and helicopters. An airfoil-shaped body moved through a fluid produces an aerodynamic force. The component of this force perpendicular to the direction of motion is called lift. The component parallel to the direction of motion is called drag. At the airfoil level, much of aerodynamics is the same for both categories. Review the two theories of lift and what can go wrong. How does an airplane turn and how do the forces on the airfoil change? Why is buzzing your friend’s house so dangerous? What happens if you exceed NE speed?
Join Herb Patten who teaches private pilot ground school here at San Carlos Flight Center as he reviews this fascinating topic.
Herb Patten is an FAA certificated master advanced and instrument ground instructor. He holds a private pilot certificate with an instrument rating, has over 800 hours and flown into 111 different California airports. He is a board member of the San Carlos Pilot Association, SCAPA, co-founder of the Bay Area Student and New Pilot group, and an executive member of the Upwind Summer Scholarship Program steering committee. When not giving presentations he can be found in the air pursuing his aviation interest or supporting others in their flying adventures.
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