Q) Why did early pilots refer to their Autopilots as ‘George’?
A) Early autopilots were gyroscopic (or G systems, for short). In the old phonetic alphabet, the letter G was represented by “George ” (instead of Golf) , as all alphabets in aviation are used as words to avoid any confusion like Alpha, Bravo, Charlie instead of A,B, and C.
True or False
Q) The term ‘dead stick landing ‘ refers to the control stick?
A) False. The expression originated before World War I and refers to the propeller, which when failing to produce thrust has no more utility than a stick.