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Flying The Plane Requires Knowing Why It Can Fly

Flying The Plane Requires Knowing Why It Can FlyAerodynamics is the study of forces and the resulting motion of objects through the air. Studying the motion of air around an object allows us to measure the forces of lift, which allows an aircraft to overcome gravity, and drag, which is the resistance an aircraft “feels” as it moves through the air. Everything moving through the air (including airplanes, rockets, and birds) is affected by aerodynamics.

Four Forces of Flight

Understanding how things fly begins by learning about the Four Forces of Flight.
When an airplane flies, the wing is designed to provide enough Lift to overcome the airplane’s Weight, while the engine provides enough Thrust to overcome Drag and move the airplane forward. And the Thrust of a rocket engine overcomes the Weight of the object to move the rocket forward.

Increasing the weight of an aircraft affects the amount of lift needed. In turn, a larger wing would provide more lift, but that would increase the amount of drag and therefore increase the amount of thrust needed. The forces of flight are interconnected, and a change in one affects the others.

Whether you want to pursue a pilot career or aviation management, investing in a good aviation flight school or aviation college is a must.

Private Pilot Classes

To earn a private pilot license you must take an FAA-approved ground school curriculum. Topics covered include aircraft and power plant (engine and propeller), instruments, navigation, FAA rules and regulations, aerodynamics, pilot responsibilities and hazard/risk mitigation. On completion of the course, you receive an endorsement from your certified instructor in your logbook allowing you to take the FAA written exam. Organizations such as the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) offer ground school classes online and have a list of brick-and-mortar flight schools offering ground school classes.

Helicopter Classes

Like their fixed-wing cousins, helicopter pilots in training need to complete an FAA-approved ground school curriculum before being allowed to take the FAA written Helicopter/Rotor test. Topics include aerodynamics of the helicopter, controls and instruments, auto-rotation, FAA rules and regulations, pilot responsibilities, and hazard and risk assessment and mitigation.

Commercial Pilot Classes

Becoming a commercial pilot requires a series of classes and training. Class work–including FAA rules for passenger and cargo transport, international aviation laws, pilotage, navigation and instruments, physics and aerodynamics, weights and calculations, and aircraft assemblies and power plants–is a big part of the commercial pilot curriculum. You will also be required to learn about the mechanics of the aircraft as you become a pilot. You will not be allowed to work on the aircraft, but you need to have some understanding of the inner workings of the craft to help you understand the airplane.

Aviation Management Classes

High school students who wish to pursue careers in aviation management can begin by researching schools that offer programs in this area. Since each college or university has slightly different admissions requirements, it’s important to know what prerequisites are necessary for the school you wish to attend. Most aviation management programs will require a strong background in math and science, but there may also be requirements for English or foreign language courses that you need to meet as well. Your high school guidance counselor can help you learn more about the admissions requirements for the schools that interest you.

Aviator College Degree Program

The Aeronautical Science Program prepares the graduate for a career in the aviation industry by providing a strong foundation in mathematics, physics, aeronautical sciences, aeronautical technology, and the aviation industry. The graduate will receive an Associate of Science Degree from Aviator College with flight ratings from private pilot through commercial, with Flight Instructor ratings. This training is necessary to obtain employment, and by completing the associate’s degree you will set yourself apart from other applicants since a degree is preferred in the airline industry.

The flight portion of the program consists of a minimum of 565 flight hours and more multi-engine time than any other college or flight school today. Our large multi-engine fleet is equipped with Garmin 430s, and ASPEN EFIS is being introduced. Single engine fleet consists of Piper Warrior III with all glass (EFIS systems). Ground school is taught in a classroom environment.

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