a book about

Basic Aircraft Control


Welcome to my website.  I have quite a bit of stuff for pilots.

The first few tabs will take you to and through my book. 

If you are here to read about my take on the industry just click on the tab "Industry Discussion".

I have written a book about how aircraft are controlled.  It has many differences in the concept of how control is usually presented, but mostly its about what each control really does.  You might be surprised.


To aid in distribution of this information, I am offering complimentary .pdf e-book copies

of my book currently in revision.

Send a request to with the subject as "e-book"!

Comment from others:

How To Fly Airplanes is a fantastic book.  I am a 4200 hr. SMEL IFR rated pilot who does a lot of safety work with people and I learned things I knew but never understood the “why” of. Stick and Rudder was always the best book to learn about flying from.  Yours is now my top choice.  
Thanks, Miles Reese

This book is a detailed description of airplane control from the perspective of "what matters to the pilot", written unlike any private or advanced pilot's textbook. Don't be fooled by the title. This is an in-depth book which will be appreciated by all pilots from the student to the professional. A modern-day version of Langewiesche's 1940's classic "Stick and Rudder".


"Manual Flight Controlling"   select Industry Discussions tab

                                                         Trimming for Hands-Off Flight

This is an excellent explanation of the importance of working toward "hands-off flight" and how and why wiggling the controls for precision control works.                                                            


Accident prevention means learning how to handle an incident so it leads to a landing and not crash...

     not necessarily a safe landing, but getting the machine back on the ground without stalling. 

The accident doesn’t occur until touchdown...

And it's not an accident unless the machine becomes dismantled or someone is injured!


                 --The Website Tabs--

About the Book! ------------ What is this about and who am I!

New Book! ------------------  What's in the Book  and Table of Contents! 

Excerpts! -------------------  A bit about each Chapter!

FAQ-Questions! ------------ General Questions about Flight.

Buy the Book! -------------- A way to Order the Book!

Contact! --------------------- My e-mail address!

Links! ------------------------ Other Aviation Related Sites!

Comments from Others! --- These are previous responses to me,

Which Way is Up? ---------- Papers I have written about Flight Control.

Industry Discussion---- Opinions about the Industry 


(So Much Seems To Be The Way You Say It!)

The airplane design and construction is to fly!   You only control...

People in different industries use aircraft in different ways for different purposes.

Does the aircraft know?  Is the physics different? Why is it that all pilots don't know and understand?

Did someone teach you flight or did you have to figure it out while learning to survive? 

I am afraid, for most, it may not have been taught correctly.  Over time, when there is lots of power available, we just fly by doing whatever seems to solve the problem at the moment.  This works fine until something unexpected or unusual happens.

Most professional flight is with high powered aircraft.  It can be quickly forgotten, if ever taught, how the controls actually affect flight attitude.  If you want response, just power out of the situation. 

The little airplanes and the big, powerful, maximum grossed, aircraft just may not always do what you want or expect.