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Aviation Training History and Facts for Houston, TX

Helicopter Training Facts: If you have made the decision to become a commercial helicopter pilot, you must first find a flight school where you can take lessons in piloting a helicopter. Flight schools can be found through local airports, online and in the telephone book.

Aviation Factoids and Figures and Fun for Houston, TX

Whenever an aircraft changes its attitude in flight, it must turn about one or more of three axes. Figure 2-10 shows the three axes, which are imaginary lines passing through the center of the aircraft. The axes of an aircraft can be considered as imaginary axles around which the aircraft turns like a wheel. At the center, where all three axes intersect, each is perpendicular to the other two. The axis that extends lengthwise through the fuselage from the nose to the tail is called the longitudinal axis. The axis that extends crosswise from wing tip to wing tip is the lateral, or pitch, axis. The axis that passes through the center, from top to bottom, is called the vertical, or yaw, axis. Roll, pitch, and yaw are controlled by three control surfaces. Roll is produced by the ailerons, which are located at the trailing edges of the wings. Pitch is affected by the elevators, the rear portion of the horizontal tail assembly. Yaw is controlled by the rudder, the rear portion of the vertical tail assembly.