More Training for Computer Fighter Pilots
by Richard G. Sheffield
The Aileron Roll
The aileron roll is used as a part of many other maneuvers and it's quick and easy to learn. You should try to maintain the same heading and the same altitude when you exit as when you started the maneuver. With some simulations, the aircraft rolls so slowly that your heading changes considerably. It should, however, balance out at the end of the roll.
- Fly straight and level at a speed greater than 300 knots. (1)
- Push the stick all the way to the right or left; be careful not to move the stick forward or back at the same time you push it to the side. (2)
- The horizon should start to spin around. (3)
- As you approach level flight again, ease up on the stick. (4)
- Try to stop the rotation with your wings perfectly level. (5)
- You should practice all roll maneuvers both to the right and the left to avoid becoming right- or left-handed.
Figure 2-2. The Aileron Roll