Just ******* with you Sky. Just so you know.
Maneuvering an airplane in flight is simple, but doing so with precision requires additional practice, but there is much more to flying an airplane than just maneuvering in flight.
That are a number of regulations to understand because the FAA can be very unforgiving in where violations are committed, especially if there are violations through prohibited and controlled airspace without permission. I should also mention that you definitely do not want to come anywhere near Air Force One, so it is imperative that a pilot check the NOTAMs.
A pilot must have a basic knowledge of aerodynamics, weather, and aircraft performance under a variety of atmospheric conditions, temperatures and altitudes and working knowledge of center-of-gravity calculations regarding their aircraft. They must understand what a datum is, and how it applies to weight and balance of their aircraft. There is much more but basically speaking, maneuvering an aircraft in the sky is very simple, but precision flying requires additional practice and of course, a pilot must understand the basics of navigation and the difference between center-of-pressure and center-of-gravity in addition to angle-of-incidence and angle-of-attack and the difference between anhedral and dihedral, and understand the functions of the flaps, ailerons, elevators, rudder and trim tabs.
In propeller-driven aircraft, a pilot must understand how engine torque and P-factor affects an aircraft during take-off and during slow flight above a stall, and a pilot must understand his instruments and proper radio communication and emergency procedures. If you want to move up to complex aircraft, then you must learn how to operate a constant-speed propeller-driven aircraft and retractable gear operations.. Anyone with a desire to fly can be taught to handle an airplane in flight in less than an hour, however, more precise maneuvers, power-on, power-off stalls, accelerated stalls, spin recovery, slow-flight maneuvering above a stall, take-offs and landings require additional practice and hitting the books during ground school, and I should mention the ability of maintaining control of an airplane in zero visibility conditions in case a pilot finds himself in such conditions unexpectedly. Takeoffs are simple but landings can be a challenge to a number of student pilots, especially in cross-winds.
Now, if you want to obtain an instrument rating, then you are talking a whole new approach to flying and what I mean by that is, flying under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) requires precise aircraft handling and a new set of regulations that must be understood and requires additional time in ground school and more test from the flight examiner.
So once again, simply maneuvering an airplane in flight doesn't require a lot of hours in ground school.
Edited by skyeagle409, 04 June 2013 - 04:07 AM.