Weight-Shift Control Aircraft Flight

This section introduces the basic pilot knowledge and skills that are essential for piloting weight-shift control aircraft. It introduces pilots to the broad spectrum of knowledge that is needed as they progress in their pilot training. This section is for student pilots, as well as those pursuing more advanced pilot certificates.

  1. Introduction to Weight-Shift Control
  2. WSC Aerodynamics
  3. WSC Components and Systems
  4. WSC Powerplants
  5. WSC Preflight and Ground Operations
  6. WSC Flight Maneuvers
  7. WSC Takeoff and Departure Climbs
  8. The National Airspace System
  9. WSC Ground Reference Maneuvers
  10. WSC Airport Traffic Patterns
  11. WSC Approaches and Landings
  12. WSC Night Operations
  13. WSC Abnormal and Emergency Procedures

Student pilots learning to fly weight-shift control aircraft, certificated pilots preparing for additional weight-shift control ratings or who desire to improve their flying proficiency and aeronautical knowledge, and commercial weight-shift control pilots teaching weight-shift control students how to fly should find this handbook helpful. This book introduces the prospective pilot to the realm of weight-shift control flight and provides information and guidance to all weight-shift control pilots in the performance of various maneuvers and procedures.

This section conforms to pilot training and certification concepts established by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). There are different ways of teaching, as well as performing flight procedures and maneuvers, and many variations in the explanations of aerodynamic theories and principles. This section adopts a selective method and concept to flying weight-shift control aircraft. The discussions and explanations reflect the most commonly used practices and principles. Occasionally, the word “must” or similar language is used where the desired action is deemed critical. The use of such language is not intended to add to, interpret, or relieve a duty imposed by Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR).

It is essential for persons using this section also to become familiar with and apply the pertinent parts of 14 CFR and the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM). Performance standards for demonstrating competence required for pilot certification are prescribed in the appropriate weight-shift control practical test standard

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