The Turn: Elegant, Mysterious and Deceptive
The Turn is an incredibly compelling article about a procedure that seems routine to anyone who’s traveled by plane. But there is a great deal more that happens when a pilot executes a banked turn.
Pilot and writer William Langewiesche tackles a complex topic, but does so in a way that makes it easily understandable by the layman. There’s a mixture of science and aviation history here in the article as well, chronicling the shift from when pilots flew “by instinct,” and the gradual move towards instrumentation.
There’s a lot of fascinating stuff here, about how our inner ears get tricked when we’re in planes… and the dangerous consequences that result from trusting “what we feel.”