How does the mixture control work?

How does the mixture control work?

In a piston engine aircraft, the mixture control lever is the red one. Red, because it is really important for healthy engine operation. So what exactly does the mixture control lever do?

When to use Carb Heat?

When to use Carb Heat?

If you have ever felt a little confused as to how carb heat works, and when exactly to use it, you are not alone…

How to use rudder for a perfectly coordinated turn

How to use rudder for a perfectly coordinated turn

The remedy for adverse yaw is to be found in the rudder pedals, and in combination with the ailerons is termed a ‘coordinated turn’. What this means is simply the coordination of aileron and rudder, in order to balance the turn. But how does one achieve this?

Why do some aeroplanes take off with flap and others not?

Why do some aeroplanes take off with flap and others not?

Have you ever noticed how in your initial training, in the trusty single engine, you were taught to take one notch (10°) flap, yet when you moved onto a light twin engine, suddenly the instruction was zero flap? It can be puzzling why some aeroplanes take off with some flap and others with none at all, but the answer is an interesting one.