CRJ200 Airline Pilot

The personal experiences, thoughts of an CRJ captain

Stick and Rudder

Posted by Jeffrey on August 14, 2008

Almost anyone can learn to fly, but notice that I say “almost.” There are occasions when someone “just can’t fly,” and I hate to say that. Flying is book work, experience, and muscle training.  You have to get yourself to the point were you don’t think about what you are doing anymore, because your mind has been trained to tell your muscles what to do. Think about driving a car. Do you think about it anymore? No, you just do it. And after awhile, flying is the same but it takes work and consistency. I’ve trained lots of students and have flow with a couple hundred different pilots and most can fly. BUT, there is the occasional person that can’t. I’m sure they can do LOTS of other things really well but flying wasn’t one of them.

One of the first books I ever read was Stick and Rudder: An Explanation of the Art of Flying. A great book that has stood the test of time. If you were ever thinking about becoming a pilot, or just want to know more about flying, pick up this book. I’m sure you will enjoy it.

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