Aviation Safety 35: 35. Understanding aerodynamics and checkride tips, with Catherine Cavagnaro

Catherine Cavagnaro learned aerobatics from legendary instructor Bill Kershner and is a math professor on the side, which gives her a unique perspective on key topics in flight training. She explains what “the back side of the power curve” really means, why takeoffs are an overlooked risk for most pilots, and when you should use flaps on a power-off 180. She also shares her tips as a pilot examiner, including how to handle nerves and whether it’s OK to admit “I don’t know” on a checkride. In the Ready to Copy segment, Catherine explains the right way to use a sick sack, whether spins should be required for the Private Pilot test, and what geometric topology is.

Ace Aerobatic school: https://www.aceaerobaticschool.com

Catherine’s articles for AOPA: https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/articles-by-author/catherine-cavagnaro

Sporty’s Pilot Training app: https://www.sportys.com/sporty-s-pilot-training-app.html

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