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Last night on ABC Radio's Late Night Live, Phillip Adams had a lengthy chat with flyer/philosopher/writer William Langwiesche (son of Wolfgang of "Stick and Rudder" fame. Not "Stick and Rubber" as on ABC's website. LOL … more slip than turn. :-)

 

Their subject was, of all things: the whys and wherefores of the turning aeroplane.

 

I don't think their conversation quite got to grips with the subject but I was intrigued that Phillip dared give it a go - for a general audience. Who'd've thunk it!? A subject so arcane we'd only expect to see it aired on venerable forums like this ;-)

 

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/latenightlive/aloft/5527330

 

The fact that Phillip had an aviation interest in the first place is down to Dick Smith telling him once that he really should buy a helicopter to save on all the driving he was doing from the Hunter Valley to and from his Sydney studios. He took to the idea but couldn't get the hang of landing and taking-off so threw it in.

 

For aviation geeks, more light is shone on the subject by Langwiesche's original article:

 

 

At the very heart of winged flight lies the banked turn, a procedure that by now seems so routine and familiar that airline passengers appreciate neither its elegance and mystery nor its dangerously delusive character. The author, a pilot, takes us up into the subject

 

http://www.theatlantic.com/past/docs/unbound/langew/turn.htm

 

 

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Last night on ABC Radio's Late Night Live, Phillip Adams had a lengthy chat with flyer/philosopher/writer William Langwiesche (son of Wolfgang of "Stick and Rudder" fame. Not "Stick and Rubber" as on ABC's website. LOL … more slip than turn. :-)Their subject was, of all things: the whys and wherefores of the turning aeroplane.

 

I don't think their conversation quite got to grips with the subject but I was intrigued that Phillip dared give it a go - for a general audience. Who'd've thunk it!? A subject so arcane we'd only expect to see it aired on venerable forums like this ;-)

 

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/latenightlive/aloft/5527330

 

The fact that Phillip had an aviation interest in the first place is down to Dick Smith telling him once that he really should buy a helicopter to save on all the driving he was doing from the Hunter Valley to and from his Sydney studios. He took to the idea but couldn't get the hang of landing and taking-off so threw it in.

 

For aviation geeks, more light is shone on the subject by Langwiesche's original article:

 

 

At the very heart of winged flight lies the banked turn, a procedure that by now seems so routine and familiar that airline passengers appreciate neither its elegance and mystery nor its dangerously delusive character. The author, a pilot, takes us up into the subject

 

http://www.theatlantic.com/past/docs/unbound/langew/turn.htm[/url][/quote]

 

 

 

I enjoyed reading that article Garfly: it's really informative!

 

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