The lesson from all of this? Power plus attitude equals performance. Never forget this. It’s no mere equation, nor is it a cliché. Whether it’s a Jabiru, an FA-18 or an A380, your combination of power setting and angle of attack will determine what the aircraft does. That’s been true since the Wright brothers. It’s the way aeroplanes fly, and the first thing to remember when your aeroplane appears to start flying strangely.
It’s a formula that could have saved all on board Air France 447 in June 2009—had it been applied.