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How does a commercial jet descend? [duplicate]

When landing a modern Jet such as the Boeing 737, what is the primary source for descent? The elevators or gravity(from reduced airspeed) or a combination of both? Is the glide path angle of descent a ...
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Do airliners perform a dive maneuver to reduce altitude [duplicate]

DO airliners, jumbos included, like the Airbus A380 and Boeing 747 routinely perform dive (nose down) maneuvers to descend or do they rather reduce speed and descend with the nose up? If not, why not?
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Why do airplanes lift up their nose to climb?

Is it right that basically an airplane just needs to accelerate to climb? Greater velocity of an airplane leads to greater lift - and since its weight remains constant (or even decreases) - a greater ...
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Do airline pilots use this high-speed, high-drag technique for losing altitude?

This question and another more recent one got me thinking about this. Years ago on my MEII checkride the DPE showed me a technique for losing altitude on final when the aircraft was high. Typically, ...
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Airplane longitudinal control: pitch or power?

I recently came across some slides from a flight school teaching, for the initial climb after take-off and for the approach, the strategy of controlling/adjusting RoC/RoD with power Speed with ...
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What is the relationship between power and fuel efficiency?

We were having a discussion in our ground school that power will make the plane ascend or descend and that you use the stick for speed, forward for higher speed and back for slower speed. So does that ...
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Is spin recovery possible in an airliner?

During initial flight training a lot of emphasis is placed on stalls and spins and how to recover from them, but is it possible to recover from a fully developed spin in an airliner? Do these large ...
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What happens after a rudder hardover?

I'm sure many of you are familiar with "rudder hardover", where an aeroplane's rudder deflects to an extreme position - full left or full right. Many of you will be aware that such an event, caused by ...
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How to do a Rapid Descent in a jet with inoperative spoilers?

So, let us assume you are in a simulator for your favorite jet plane, and the instructor gives you a LOFT (Line-Oriented Flight Training) scenario that goes as follows: A normal takeoff and climb to ...
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What happens during a powered descent?

I was having a discussion with my friend about equilibrium condition in flight: Scenario: While going in straight and level flight, say I reduced my airspeed by 30 mph. At the same time keeping the ...
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How to perform climbs and descents?

I have known that when you climb, you push the throttle to maximum and adjust the vertical speed with the commands (elevator) and the trim. Then when you reach the desired altitude you pull the ...
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How to find the flight paths of an airport?

How can I find the flight paths near an airport (e.g., Heathrow or Pearson) including cruising altitude, descending speed (variations)? Specifically, I need a figure showing the height vs. speed of a ...