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What is the difference between TAS and GS? [duplicate]

I'm looking for an explanation of true airspeed and ground speed.
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Is the point of “groundspeed” in aircraft just to have a second reference of speed but two totally different measurements of speed? [duplicate]

From not understanding groundspeed will always be significantly higher than airspeed, unless the plane is pitching up and down. Is the ground speed just there for pilots to look at and say “okay we ...
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Why is it safe flying in a tailwind when taking off is not? [duplicate]

If taking off in q tailwind is unsafe (due to loss of lift from reduced air speed), then why is it safe flying in tailwind, such as in jet stream?
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What is a jet (unit) shown in Windows 10 calculator? [closed]

From Windows 10's calculator: What is a "jet" (physical unit)? And why does it equal 480 knots or 888,88 km/h, if a jetliner's cruising speed is around 950 km/s? Or why does it equal 0.73 M, if a ...
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How to calculate the real Ground Speed from True Air Speed?

In most of the formulas I've found online GS = TAS + Vw, i.e. true air speed plus wind. However, on the simulator, GS changes drastically if I dive or climb which is obvious because I'm covering 0 ...
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What should be the minimum time spent in cruise (for e.g. a B737)?

Having a short sector to fly, it would not be convenient to climb all the way up to the best cruise altitude, since the time in climb would burn more fuel than that necessary for a flight at lower ...
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Is it right to extend flaps only in the white arc?

If the cruise speed is >80kts on the downwind leg but I can only extend flaps in the white arc, am I right in saying I need to get to the white arc, even if I'm on - for example - 100kts? For ...
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Ground Speed vs True Airspeed from Departure Point to Destination - time interval

Looking at navigation theory right now and I'm stuck in the understanding of TAS and GS. How does GS determine the time interval it takes for an aircraft to fly from the DP to the DEST, if TAS ...
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How can an aircraft travel faster than speed of sound without breaking the sound barrier? [duplicate]

An excerpt from the BBC article here https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-51433720 "Despite travelling faster than the speed of sound the plane would not have broken the sonic barrier as it ...
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Measuring speed and altitude from personal phone midflight [duplicate]

Given that there is no need now for one to swith off their cellphone midflight, inflight wifi is now a norm and common, Is it possible for me to measure the velocity and altitude of an aircraft using ...
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What is the difference between ground speed and airspeed? [duplicate]

What is difference between ground speed and airspeed? Is ground speed used only for takeoff or is it used for flight too?
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Why can’t aircraft use GPS to generate the IAS, instead of using pitot tubes? [duplicate]

I’m mostly asking after reading about Aeroperu Flight 603, which was caused by a piece of tape blocking the sensor. Is there any other way to gather IAS or is this the best way to do it?
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Fighter Jets speed [duplicate]

How does an aircraft measures (or calculates) its speed while in air? Which equipment or sensors are used for measurement of speed? Does it takes Earth as a reference frame for its speed measurement ...
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Ground Speed On Approach [duplicate]

I'm not a pilot, just a bit of frequent flyer and moderate aviation enthusiast. I sometimes get on Flightaware and check on the flights I frequent and see the path that was taken and flight time. I ...
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How does a jetstream boost an aircraft's speed? [duplicate]

Jetstreams are streams of high-moving west-to-east winds (200mph to 300mph, source) which most pilots are trained to use to cut down on their fuel costs (source). In the same linked article, it ...
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