brings you not only an inexpensive, intuitive, indirect angle of attack indicator,
but a LIFT MANAGEMENT TOOL designed to readjust your "seat of the pants"
to the airplane you're flying TODAY, not the one you trained in or just sold.


Basic flight training instills a comprehensive sense of what "just feels right" when we fly.  That training calibrates our "seat of the pants" to the aircraft we're training in based on that aircraft's performance specifications resulting in a sense of what is uncomfortable approaching a stall, doing steep turns, and approaching to land.  Especially with spin training now a thing of the past, we're calibrated rather conservatively as evidenced by watching pilots land far faster than necessary and using up a lot of runway, brakes, and rental tach time while they're at it.

The LIFT MONITOR system, in addition to serving as an indirect angle of attack instrument, is specifically designed to help pilots "recalibrate" their seat of the pants so as to gain maximum safe performance from the aircraft they're flying today.  Transitioning to a new aircraft, which pilots do several times over their careers, requires significant "resets" to their seat of the pants if they are to fly safely and get the most out of their aircraft.

Unlike digital angle of attack instruments which have only coarse increments of indication, the LIFT MONITOR analog indicator depicts subtle changes in the amount of lift available to the pilot, and particularly trends which are hard to discern waiting for the next light or bar to illuminate in a digital display and sometimes wondering if the light above or below will light up next.  Famed aviation writer Barry Schiff discusses the relative merits of analog versus digital indications in critical flight instrumentation here.

Furthermore, the LIFT MONITOR probe is mounted on the surface of the wing to allow convenient sensor angle adjustment from a conservative safety margin to progressively more aggressive settings as the pilot's technique evolves to take full advantage of the performance capabilities his or her particular aircraft.

The probe comes preassembled to its mount and is pre-set at the recommended starting angle.  Once a probe mounting location is determined and two vinyl air hoses are routed from the instrument panel to that location, probe installation can be achieved in a matter of minutes.

The probe angle is adjusted as a result of test flights to indicate on the gauge a margin of remaining lift at critical angles of attack which is comfortable for the pilot.  As the pilot gains familiarity with the aircraft's handling, the probe can be readjusted to a lower, but still safe and predictable margin so as to realize even greater aircraft performance in high angle of attack situations.