About this Resource

This learning resource examines the fundamental physical laws governing the forces acting on an aircraft in flight, and the effect these natural laws and forces have on the performance characteristics of aircraft.

To control an aircraft, be it an airplane, helicopter, glider, or balloon, the pilot must understand the principles involved and learn to use or counteract these natural forces.

Content of this Resource
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  1. Structure of the Atmosphere
  2. The Production of Lift
  3. Airfoil Design
  4. A Third Dimension
Major portions of this resource are provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA).