Features

December 2013 Issue

Dissecting The PIO

Getting out of synch with the airplane’s pitch attitude is known as pilot-induced oscillation. It’s easy to stop, but only at the right time.

We see it happen here all too often. The Franklin County Airport in Sewanee, Tenn., sits at the western edge of the Cumberland Plateau. During cooler months, northwest winds are thrust up the side of the plateau and swirl back down toward the airport. Tall trees surround the runway and make the airport difficult to see throughout the approach. Pilots in the pattern are greeted by updrafts followed by downdrafts that can make landing on our 50-by-3700-foot runway a challenge.

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