• Stick and Rudder

  • An Explanation of the Art of Flying
  • By: Wolfgang Langewiesche
  • Narrated by: Jason Leikam
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (127 ratings)

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Stick and Rudder

By: Wolfgang Langewiesche
Narrated by: Jason Leikam
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Publisher's Summary

What's in Stick and Rudder:

  • The invisible secret of all heavier-than-air flight: the angle of attack. What it is, and why it can't be seen. How lift is made, and what the pilot has to do with it.
  • Why airplanes stall - how do you know you're about to stall
  • The landing approach - how the pilot's eye functions in judging the approach
  • The visual clues by which an experienced pilot unconsciously judges - how you can quickly learn to use them
  • The spot that does not move - this is the first statement of this phenomenon - a foolproof method of making a landing approach across pole lines and trees
  • The elevator and the throttle - one controls the speed, the other controls climb and descent - which is which
  • The paradox of the glide - by pointing the nose down less steeply, you descend more steeply - by pointing the nose down more steeply, you can glide further.
  • What's the rudder for - the rudder does not turn the airplane the way a boat's rudder turns the boat - then what does it do
  • How a turn is flown - the role of ailerons, rudder, and elevator in making a turn.
  • The landing - how it's made - the visual clues that tell you where the ground is.
  • The "tail-dragger" landing gear and what's tricky about it - this is probably the only analysis of tail-draggers now available to those who want to fly one
  • The tricycle landing gear and what's so good about it - a strong advocacy of the tricycle gear written at a time when almost all civil airplanes were taildraggers
  • Why the airplane doesn't feel the wind
  • Why the airplane usually flies a little sidewise
  • Plus: a chapter on air accidents by Leighton Collins, founder and editor of Air Facts. His analyses of aviation's safety problems have deeply influenced pilots and aeronautical engineers and have contributed to the benign characteristics of today's airplane

Stick and Rudder is the first exact analysis of the art of flying ever attempted. It has been continuously in print for 33 years. It shows precisely what the pilot does when he flies, just how he does it, and why.

Because the basics are largely unchanging, the book therefore is applicable to large airplanes and small, old airplanes and new, and is of interest not only to the learner but also to the accomplished pilot and to the instructor himself.

When Stick and Rudder first came out, some of its contents were considered highly controversial. In recent years its formulations have become widely accepted. Pilots and flight instructors have found that the book works.

Today several excellent manuals offer the pilot accurate and valuable technical information. But Stick and Rudder remains the leading think-book on the art of flying. One thorough listening of it is the equivalent of many hours of practice.

©1944, 1972 Wolfgang Langewiesche (P)2021 Upfront Books

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It is a must for pilots

I am a CFI, CFIG and keep listening it back and forth. The best explanations of the basics.

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Not what you are looking for

Thought it was going to be way better than expected. Clearly the title is catchy.

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Must listen

Very informative. Required listening for all pilots. Easy to understand the concepts and information conveyed.

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If you read this you will be a better pilot.

The value of this book for any pilot or person who wishes to be a pilot is completely evident even in the first chapter. If you want to be a safer pilot, read this book. If you want to understand the function of your airplane more thoroughly, read this book. If you want to understand the science behind flying, read this book. There is nothing in this book that is not valuable so please read it. The narrator did great. His pronunciation of much of the aviation vocabulary was spot on. 5 stars. I recommend this book to any pilot or student pilot, and wholeheartedly believe it should be required reading at every flight school.

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A must read for every Pilot

I was told by a flight instructor many years ago to read this book. They could not have been so correct. It very simply explains all of the flight characteristics that are needed to master the art of flying. The author very plainly explains what we should all know prior to ever getting behind the yoke of an aircraft. I wish I would have read this book before I went for my private pilot certificate many years ago. It would have made all of the flight training much easier and of course I would have saved a lot of money in airtime.

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  • 12-02-22

A classic for anyone that enjoys aviation.

A classic for anyone that enjoys aviation. The book is well written and funny at times. The narration is excellent.

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Must read for all pilots

Details the art of flying perfectly, highly recommend for all pilots. The books was highly recommended to me by many other CFIs

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THE BEST AVIATION BOOK FOR BEGINNERS

Nothing to add to my headline. I read it many times and loved it every time

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Great info, easy read, but a bit repetitive

I learned a lot by reading this book that I didn't learn in my private pilot license training. Even it was written a long time ago, it still applies today.
I would highly recommend it to any pilot.
My only complain is that some points are repeated way too much, making the read a little tedious at times.

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good information but boring and hard to listen to

definitely a bunch of good information for new pilots but it is given in a dry manner and gets boring pretty quickly. for me it's the narrator. I'd rather have this in the form of a book then an audiobook due to this narrator.

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  • 11-30-22

Great book on flying

Really excellent book on flying. Written some 80 years ago but physics and most air facts remain the same. Will listen to it again some time soon with the print version for reference to technical drawings and manœuvres sketches

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  • Gandy
  • 05-13-21

They say experience can't be taught but....

I'm a student pilot at the very end of my training. My instructor created a solid foundation and brickwork during my practical lessons, and this book is like the render/plaster that fills in the little gaps for a smoother finish.

For anyone that has seen The Matrix films, this book is like plugging into the Matrix and downloading experience rather than just textbook theory.

I find the narrator's voice interesting with a sincere tone and a hint of irony for those typical aviation tongue in cheek comments, so it is very well suited to the subject, in my opinion.

If, like me, you're obsessed with flying but want a break from the dry theory books then this is perfect for an entertaining yet informative listen, that will get you thinking about your piloting skills from different angels. It also enables you to absorb more aviation content (if you can't get enough) whilst cooking dinner, doing some housework, driving to work, walking, getting to sleep etc.

My only criticism is that the chapters are listed as "chapter 1, chapter 2...etc", it would be much more useful if they were listed as they are in the physical book for easier navigation.

I highly recommend this book from a student's point of view, and I'd guess that experienced pilots will also enjoy it and pick up some tips...or enjoy contesting some of the points with their own opinions. Either way, it's a great listen.