You’ll find our 20 Aviation Myths listed below. You can read the whole article in the October 2007 issue of Plane & Pilot.
Myth 1: If you make a sudden turn from upwind to downwind, the airplane can stall.
Myth 2: You can buy a fixer-upper airplane and save money by restoring it yourself.
Myth 3: Tailwheel airplanes require much more skill and are inherently dangerous.
Myth 6: Short-field approaches require hanging the airplane on the prop from a mile out.
Myth 7: Flying approaches at higher approach speeds is safer.
Myth 8: 2,000 feet is a short runway.
Myth 9: Pumping brakes is more effective and easier on brakes than steady pressure.
Myth 10: Wear lighter-than-normal shoes for increased rudder sensitivity.
Myth 11: A calm day is safer/easier than a crosswind day.
Myth 12: Power-off landings shock cool engines.
Myth 13: GPS is all that’s needed for cross-country flying.
Myth 14: Ice only occurs in clouds.
Myth 15: Stall-spin accidents always start with a nose-high altitude.
Myth 16: Running up your engine on the ground once a month prevents rust.
Myth 17: On takeoff, it’s safer to leave it on the ground until fast, and then rotate off.
Myth 18: Power-off landings are unnecessarily difficult.
Myth 19: Only licensed mechanics can do mechanical work on an airplane.
Myth 20: Once you fall off the “step,” you must increase power or lose altitude to regain it.