January 26 (Sat) 12pm- Angle of Attack

Event Date: 
Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 12:00pm


In fluid dynamics, angle of attack (AOA) is the angle between a reference line on a body (often the chord line of an airfoil) and the vector representing the relative motion between the body and the fluid through which it is moving.

In aerodynamics, angle of attack specifies the angle between the chord line of the wing of a fixed-wing aircraft and the vector representing the relative motion between the aircraft and the atmosphere.


The critical angle of attack is the angle of attack which produces maximum lift coefficient. This is also called the "stall angle of attack". On most airfoil shapes, as the angle of attack increases, the upper surface separation point of the flow moves from the trailing edge towards the leading edge. At the critical angle of attack, upper surface flow is more separated and the airfoil or wing is producing its maximum lift coefficient. As angle of attack increases further, the upper surface flow becomes more fully separated and the lift coefficient reduces further. Above this critical angle of attack, the aircraft is said to be in a stall. Staying below this angle is life saving and awareness is paramount.


Join CFI Kyle Smathers as he discusses this important topic and ways to stay out of trouble by avoiding this angle.


Kyle Smathers started flying in 2011 and is passionate about aviation. He is dedicated to the mindset that there is always more to be learned about flying and instructing. Making himself a better pilot and instructor is something he focuses on. His first introduction to teaching was tutoring mathematics and physics where he found joy in helping people understand new topics. Following that, he obtained his FAA advanced ground instructor certificate so that he could help people with their aviation knowledge. He thinks that flying is one of the most interesting things in the world and looks forward to exposing aviation to new pilots and to helping other pilots improve their flying skills. Kyle is currently a student at San Jose State where he studies Aerospace Engineering and CFI (Homegrown SCFC Instructor).  He is a Commercial: ASEL, Instrument Airplane Pilot. He offers training in Private Pilot, Commercial Pilot, High performance transition, Complex transition and Flight review.



This event qualifies for FAA Wings credit.

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