Decalage is not often taught to student pilots, but it’s a critical component of what makes an aircraft fly. Decalage provides an aircraft with angle of attack stability — in other words, it makes an aircraft that is flying, want to stay flying. In this episode, I’ll talk about what decalage is and why it’s what makes an airplane an airplane.
In this episode I’ll cover the basics of how air-to-air radar works, and some of the different modes that a modern fire control radar (FCR) operates in. I’ll talk about the tradeoffs of each of these modes and how they are used in modern air combat.
Gyroscopes have been a critical part of instrument flying in aviation. Without them, aircraft would have no safe way to fly in clouds or poor visibility. Today we learn about the three gyroscopic instruments in an airplane’s instrument panel, how they work, and what the future holds for gyroscopes in aviation.