Understanding what make airplanes fly starts right here.
The three axis of flight and the control surfaces used for each of them.
How to calculate weight and balance.
The links below are to Handbooks, Airman Certification Standards, Advisory Circulars, etc that are related to the rating/certificate being sought (see your ACS reference sections). They are provided by the FAA at no cost to the public. Often these resources are purchased from third parties.
If you are someone new to general aviation and are considering learning to fly, this student pilot guide is for you.
This handbook is the FAA's "GO-TO" reference source for basic pilot skills and knowledge for piloting airplanes. This handbook will remain a valuable reference to pilots regardless of the level of certification they obtain.
This Handbook is the FAA's continued coverage of the various knowledge areas required of pilots as they progress in their training. It is an essential bookshelf title for aviator's serious about mastering understanding of advanced aviation concepts.
The FAA states the purpose of this handbook is two-fold: To provide the Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic (A&P) wit the method determining the empty weight and empty weight center of gravity (EWCG) of an aircraft and to furnish the flight crew with information on loading and operating the aircraft to ensure its weight is within the allowable limit and the center of gravity (CG) is within allowable range.
Consistent with the FAA's Safety first culture, this handbook is designed to help pilot's recognize and manage risk. Building risk management skills is paramount for safe flight.
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