Pelican's Perch #54:
Pitch, Power, and Pink Elephants

Every primary student is taught that power controls altitude and pitch controls airspeed or was that power controls airspeed and pitch controls altitude? Truth is that pilots have been arguing about this since Orville and Wilbur debated the question over a couple of beers at Kitty Hawk. AVweb's John Deakin (who claims to have been there at the time) weighs in on this issue by offering some real-world scenarios and taking a look at how modern autopilots work.

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