How to REALLY fly a Lazy Eight - Commercial Pilot Maneuver

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and then I just pull and watch what

happens to the airplane I'm not doing

anything I haven't touched a thing menus

you know if you're not pulling you're

not gonna stall that's the main lesson

just keep pulling hold this

look at all that bang gray right now you

want to time your release just kind of

slowly let it come down yeah that's the

trickiest part


LOA VA ters I've been hearing from a lot

of you that you want a video on how to

fly a lazy 8 which happens to be one of

my favorite maneuvers

for two reasons really one is it's the

only maneuver that teaches you that when

you bank the airplane and slow down

there will be an over banking tendency

and the second reason is it's really Zen

it's a maneuver about setting it up

right and then doing essentially nothing

just getting out of the way of the

airplane and everything else will take

care of itself so let's talk about how

to set it up

Alizee is essentially a figure-eight

maneuver with the ends sort of picked up

think like a skateboard halfpipe alright

so you just kind of Bend up the edges

the ends of the eight it's flown by

finding three reference points one at

your 90 degree position one at the 45

degree position and then one sort of

behind you at the 135 position all you

do is set the airplane into a little

Bank little like five degrees of Bank

and then pull straight back and just

maintain coordination let's start with

one to the left because it's easier to

stay coordinated you just pull pull pull

pull pull the airplane as I mentioned

will over bank and over bank and over

bank and at some point there won't be

enough vertical lift to hold the

airplane up so the nose will start to

fall it will slice through the horizon

at the ninety degree point at

approximately thirty degrees of Bank the

maximum nose down point is the 135 and

then you just simply look out at your

right wing put the right wing on the 90

degree reference point and boom you're

going the other way then repeat to the

right it's a little bit harder because

you have to manage the right rudder to

counteract the left-turning tendencies

of the engine as the airplane slows down

all right I always brief this one out on

the ramp because it's so much easier to

visualize and I recently had the

privilege of flying this manoeuvre with

JP the candor

to have controlled harmony and to start

to understand the secondary effects of

controls and stuff like that so the

major mistake people make is doing a lot

of control inputs there's more Zen in

this movie more than any other the

NuvaRing my books so the whole point is

really just getting out of the way all

right so the way it starts is inquiries

flight we pick a 90 degree reference

point so for the purposes of this demo

here this okay call it a mountain we

call whatever you want right you look

out the window the next thing you want

to do is figure out something that's at

your 45 and then a third reference you

need is a 135 let's just agree right

okay so you've got 45 90 and 135

then you're just in cruise flight the

main thing about the lazy ages and this

is like the reason I think this maneuver

is so important is that there's no other

maneuver that teaches this is that if

you Bank in there just a little bit two

degrees event right and all you do is

pull so you just slow the airplane down

it will tend to over bent so like we

teach over banking tendencies when we

say like if you do this really see if

the high wing flies faster than the low

wing and that extra that's all true but

almost more important there's like in

the traffic pattern in the times when

you're getting slow is that if you have

a just a little bit of a bank and you

pulled you start to slow down or climb

the airplane will tend to over man

that's the whole secret to this maneuver

if you can understand that and you can

stay coordinated everything else will

work out here's what it sort of looks

like if you put in like a an almost

imperceptible thing like five minutes

it's just like just like that much

alright did you follow that just a

little bit of bank and as you slow down

and pitch up the aircraft itself will

overbank will start spilling away your

vertical lift and the nose will fall on

its own the 15 degrees of Bank is an


45 degree reference the 30 degrees of

Bank at the 90 point is an approximation

just let them maneuver happen the

airplane will essentially fly it by

itself that's the lazy 8 all right let's

go fly first over that's maybe inch I

wanna look up a lot your controls I got

the controls all right so let's find a

good 90 degree reference and I think the

main thing about this is just notice how

little I really do right and they're

obviously harder to the right because in

a climbing right turn most people don't

use enough right rudder

right okay as the plane slows down for

the left because we have more room that

way doctor I'll try to look down the

rivet line and see something at the 90

degree point kind of like the top of

that peak somewhere alright alright you

got something at 45 with me maybe where

that second ridge line is over there


so it'll easy eight would look like this

just a regular cruise power notice that

I barely put in any bank at all like

that much Bank right and then I just

pull and watch what happens to the

airplane I'm not doing anything I

haven't touched a thing all I'm gonna do

now is sort of time the release so that

coming through that I haven't done our

thing there's 30 through the 30 degrees

of Bank through the 90 point maybe a

hair more there's the 135 and now all I

do is look out of my right wing and put

it back on that 90 degree reference

point gotcha

so that 90 degrees probably the bus a

parkour for sure cuz you got it yeah the

only reason you pick the 45 at the 135

and all I'm really doing is timing how

much I kind of how fast I release it

right right I mean you you didn't lose

it think about you should have that but

the same airspeed same else you just

like the middle like if you just like a

skateboard ramp right and I'll just take

one back to the red so that little

brushy peak over there would be the 45

you have that little thing and this way

is a little harder so that's the only

amount of Bank I have to start but this

way I have to kind of consciously put in

a little more right rudder to make sure

that I stay coordinated like this as the

airplane slows down eventually the

vertical lift just becomes not enough to

hold us up that nose starts to fall

through the horizon somewhere around the

90 degree reference point then I look

back at my 135 which is my old 45 that's

the fastest point of the maneuver and


look out of my left wing put it back on

the nine be nice to me that's like one

of the most elegant maneuvers and

training right but it's really a little

trickier than it seems John try one sure

all right man you got the controls this

is probably gonna be disaster but we'll

all right so I'm gonna do what to the

lot first okay and I'm gonna pick a

point which I have I'm gonna yeah that's

enough Bank right there just pull you'll

be surprised yeah you'll be surprised

what happens to the bank that's the main

lesson just keep pulling pull there's

look at all that Bank

right right and then now you want a time

your release just kind of slowly let it

come down yeah that's the trickiest part

right there right and you you know if

you're not pulling you're not gonna

stall so if you're running saying you're

not gonna accidentally introduced the

stall it's all about just looking at

that right that was pretty good you got

a little crooked and a recovery though

right yes I'm not not tightly my point

is yeah yeah this point is a little bit

there yeah so we'll try that to the

right okay that's my point

just a little bit of thing that's it and

this way because as you sweat out here

you need to help with the left turning

just make sure you put in some right

rudder there you go good just like that

beautiful and then time to release a

little bit too much of a release there

yeah and a really steep lazy eight is

called the wing over it's the same

maneuver really JP really nailed it but

let me tell you about two common errors

one is not using enough right rudder

so the alleviate will not come around to

the right if you're not using a

constantly increasing rudder force as

the airplane slows down so make sure you

practice that and also you see me

holding the yoke and in a very strange

way in a way that I would never actually

hold it and that's just to make sure I'm

not over controlling the airplane the

last thing you want to do is really make

any aileron inputs at all just establish

the bank and pull so in this case I'm

just holding it very delicately to make


I don't actually over control it alright


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