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What Is Side-Slipping?
Early aircraft types, and many modern light aircraft, have no flaps. This leaves the pilot with the dilemma of increasing the glide angle, inducing excessive airspeed which has to be bled-off when the aircraft levels out (e.g. in the flare for landing). The solution is a much neglected maneuver known as the sideslip.
Side-slipping basically amounts to flying sideways. In a descent it implies deliberately flying the aircraft grossly out of balance, usually by applying bank in one direction then using opposite or ‘top’ rudder so that the aircraft descends in a straight line. The extra drag caused by flying the aircraft out-of-balance worsens the L/D ratio so the glide angle will become steeper without the airspeed increasing. Side-slipping is a simple maneuver well worth the exercise, bearing the following in mind:
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