Learning with Lizzy: G Forces
Lizzy recently appeared in the news. Check out her story here. Just a side note, we call the plane Vyctor.
With flying, Lizzy can get herself caught up in some pretty cool stunts. This is because Vyctor is an aerobatic plane designed to do rolls, loops, inversions, and all sorts of fun stuff.
Watch as Lizzy, Stella and Vyctor perform aerobatics. Try to observe any changes you see in terms of their position in the plane, the position of the plane itself, or how objects move about the cockpit.
Ready. Set. Let's learn about aerobatics!
Some of the embedded videos get cut short, so you can view the full videos here.
We have some news. We were in the news! Here's a link to a recent article written by Abby Green of Metroland Media Inc. Here's the article.
Lizzy and Stella had several goals with this last lesson.
Goal #1: Learn the basics of take-off and review how turf (ground cover) affects take-off.
Goal #2: Review reading and setting the altimeter. Remember, the altimeter measures Vyctor's height about mean sea level (MSL) and it's affected by air temperature and pressure.
Goal #3: Stay safe by inspecting Vyctor prior to flight.
Goal #4: Apply what was covered and fly from Niagara District Airport (CYSN) to Welland's Dorothy Rungeling Airport (CNQ3) to practice arriving (landing) and departing (take-off). Lizzy and Stella took off from a grassy runway.
Are you ready to fly?
Do you remember from earlier lessons what the altimeter is and what it measures?
The altimeter is one of many instruments on Vyctor's instrument panel.
The altimeter measures the plane's altitude above mean sea level (MSL) and it's set by Lizzy using the current barometric pressure. Barometric pressure changes with air temperature, so Lizzy often needs to adjust her altimeter reading during flight since she's ascending (going up) and descending (going down). As a plane climbs (ascends), air pressure typically drops because the air gets colder the higher up you go.
Let's start with a quick review of weather, common conversions, and airport configurations. We'll also analyze altimeters in a bit more detail.
Are you ready to learn about altimeters alongside Lizzy and Stella?
Lizzy and Stella love to fly! Join this dynamic duo as they soar through the clouds on another adventure.