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Flight Theory – Pilot Rating

Resources & Links

  • Flight Theory Notes 
  • Polar Curve 
  • Further Information

Flight Theory. You should know: 

  • be able to explain in detail how a wing creates lift, including the relevance of venturi tubes and Bernoulli’s theorem
  • be able to define and use terms such as chord line, angle of attack, aspect ratio, centre of pressure, washout
  • be able to describe the aerodynamics of the stall
  • be able to simply describe factors affecting stability in pitch, roll and yaw · understand the relationship between glide ratio and l/d ratio
  • understand the effect of ballast
  • be able to name the forces on a glider in steady flight and explain their relationship
  • be able to name the various types of drag and explain their causes
  • be able to describe the relationship between the induced, parasitic and total drag and airspeed using drag curves
  • understand and be able to use a polar curve
  • understand the basic working principles of altimeters and variometers
  • understand terms such as total energy and airmass in connection with variometers

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