Air Transport World

Centennial of flight.(recognition of the Wright Brothers)

Learning the art of flying was high on the Wright Brothers' list of goals. The importance placed on developing piloting skills was not unique to the Wrights, but it was unusual among their pioneering contemporaries. Indeed, the bulk of airplane design efforts before the Wrights had foundered on the rocky shores of a search for a design with inherent stability that would minimize the need for pilot input, or so it was thought.

However, one of the Wrights' major breakthroughs that distinguished their efforts from most others and paved the road to success was their decision to reject natural stability in favor of control effectiveness. This course led directly to the idea that if a pilot was to have full control over the airplane, he'd better know how to use it. …

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