Thursday, February 09, 2006

Pitch Down, Right Rudder

Today an acquaintance asked me about the origin of my email address (PitchDownRightRudder -at- hotmail dot com). Although it's easy to guess an aviation connection, the exact meaning isn't evident.

It dates back to my flight instructing days. With brand new student pilots, there is a marked tendancy to over-rotate on takeoff and to not correct for left turning tendancies. For the first few hours, it seems like you're constantly reminding your students about these things. Thus, the running joke among instructors at my flight school was that you only need to know one phrase to be a CFI - "Pitch Down, Right Rudder!"


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