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A heavier-than-air fixed-wing aircraft propelled by one or more engines.

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How does control system design ensure correct elevator position with the steering system unlocked?

I’m having some trouble answering the following problem encountered in one of the worksheets for aviation students: The plane shown in the picture stands on the runway. The pilot, while getting off, ...
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What happened to this plane during landing? Failed first time? [closed]

Hi I was checking flights at Heathrow on flightradar24.com the other day and found this plane a bit strange. It looked like the first landing wasn't successful. The plane may have touched down but ...
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How does aircraft leasing work?

I've noticed on websites where you can buy and sell aircraft, such as controller.com and trade-a-plane.com, there are often aircraft that are available for lease. For example, there is a 1997 Bonanza ...
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Does 'Fat Albert' Have any significant modifications?

The Blue Angels use a C-130 known as 'Fat Albert' in some of their shows. Other than the paint job and smoke, are there any significant differences between 'Fat Albert' and a standard C-130?
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For a PPL, do I pursue gliders or airplanes first? [closed]

I'm interested in pursuing a Private Pilot's License. I'm interested in both gliders and powered flight. Gliders look like fantastic fun and powered flight would be an amazing thing to have – I could ...
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Are the gyroscopic precession and P-factor of a pusher propeller in opposite directions?

according to this picture the P factor cuases airplane to yaw to the right but if pilot wants to pitch up , then p factor and gyroscopic precession acts on airplane at the same time but in opposite ...
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What are the relations between Angle of attack and Calibrated Airspeed?

I would like to estimate Angle of Attack using trigonometric relations i.e AoA = arctan (w/u) airspeed components (i.e u, v, w). When I am considering body 'x' velocity ('u' component), is it ...
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Is this a normal flight path to take?

A few days ago I was flying from Munich to Chicago, the flight arrived about 20-25 minutes late, at some point, the pilot suddenly turned in completely the opposite direction as we were approaching ...
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Matching the Drag Equation to Real Airplane Data

I am trying to compute airplane performance for a piston-driven airplane with constant speed prop using the standard equations for Lift, Thrust and Drag. I have found that there are a couple of useful ...
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What are the benefits of mounting an engine above the fuselage?

I'm wondering what advantage/disadvantage, if any, does mounting an engine above the fuselage give? This question comes up after seeing the Macchi M.33 below: The engine mounted in such a way does ...
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Is it legal to build your own plane and fly it?

Is it legal to build and fly your own airplane? This essentially leads to two central questions: Will the FAA even let you build and fly your own airplane?, and Will there need to be inspections and ...
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What should a pilot do if none of the control surfaces are responding? [closed]

What would a pilot do if none of the control surfaces are responding? For example, a pilot flies a medium-sized plane and to make the situation a bit less hectic, they're the only one onboard. Then ...
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Can we get 0:40 thrust to weight ratio from three small engines

Because I have an engine of 13 hp four stroke 1 cylinder that pulls about 0:20 T/W ratio. and is it possible to multiply the thrust by two? Using two more small engines which is 6.5 hp each on the ...
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Will my CRI CRI twin engine plane fly if I replace the engine with a single 15hp gasoline engine? [closed]

I'm using a lighter materials to rebuild plane, to cut down plane weight to 56kg and a 1.2m 3blades propeller.
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What are typical control surface deflection "rate" limits for transport airplanes?

I was wondering if anyone knows what are some typical control surface/actuator deflection "rate" limits for transport airplanes (i.e. aileron/elevator/rudder deflection rates)? I haven't ...
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Is Rutan's method of foam core construction obsolete?

Is Rutan's method of foam core construction obsolete, or is it used on other fibreglass designs as well?
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Unusual airplane shown in Google Earth

At first I thought it was a plane that had its wings removed for some reason. Then I thought it might be a lifting body, but I don't think so. Any ideas? This was in Jacksonville, FL; I can provide ...
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Can someone identify the Make and Model of airplane that this fuselage belonged to?

This gutted fuselage remnant was photographed by my mother at Whaler's Bay on Deception Island in Antarctica in 1994. Deception Island is directly south of the Falkland Islands in the narrow area ...
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Can anyone identify this old airplane?

Can anyone identify this old airplane, and/or what era it's likely to be from? The photo is from northern Italy, and it's the only photo I have. I'd be very grateful for the help!
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Can anyone Identify this FLY FAIR seaplane?

This photograph, from my family's collection, of a high-winged, dual rotary engine, amphibious airplane, probably in the 1930's, appears to be an excursion plane at a fair since it has "FLY FAIR&...
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Why do we lean the mixture in a turbocharged airplane (C182T)?

An increase in Altitude will result in a decrease of atmospheric pressure -1 in. Hg. / 1000ft (ISA conditions), but with a turbocharged airplane it will keep the pressure constant (+/- MSL pressure) ...
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What happens if you put too much oil into a reciprocating engine wet sump?

Apparently putting too much oil into your airplane engine is really bad and can be expensive but why? Will the excess oil go out via the oil breather,... ? Thank you
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Is there a modern day "replacement" for the de Havilland Beaver?

Is there a modern day equivalent or replacement for the Beaver's Payload, STOL and floats capabilities? By replacement, I mean that it can fly into the same airstrips under the same weather with the ...
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Can I fly this six motor drone? [closed]

My body weight; 70kg, Drone weight; 50kg, Props length 0.7m, 6 motors (2hp each), Total weight 120kg, Total horsepower 12, Each motor runs 3000rpm, Please can I fly it. Thanks!!! drawing of the drone
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What is the reason Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) minimum speed is limited? [closed]

I saw an explanation about Icon A5 Light Sport Airplane (LSA), it is said that according to FAA regulation, its stall speed NOT LESS than 45 miles per hour (mph) or around 39.1 knots or around 72 km ...
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Can an airfoil have multiple aerodynamic centers?

Aerodynamic center is a point where the moment is independent of angle of attack. Can we have 2 or more such points? Does it necessarily lie inside the airfoil?
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Will it be more efficient if airplanes flap like birds? [duplicate]

Many airplanes have parts that are designed to mimic some features of animals. I have also read that birds are incredibly more efficient than most of the airplanes we see today. I wonder, will the ...
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How does an airliner adjust and move exactly over the coloured lines before stopping in front of the jetways?

How does an airliner adjust and move exactly over the coloured lines before stopping in front of the jetways?
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what is the actual force causes this issue according to IAS that shows normal descend speed?

When we have tail wind during approach , with respect of Aerodynamic forces that effect on airplane , the whole part of fuselage move forward due to tailwind, also we have about 70kts IAS (in general ...
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What would happen if a hot air ballooon was punctured in mid-air?

I am writing a script for a film where a hot air balloon is punctured and it falls to the ground. There are two teenagers in the balloon when it is in the air. What I would like to know is how fast ...
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Aircraft fuselages being shipped on a boat

Earlier this morning, my wife and I were down by the docks in Southampton (UK), watching cruise-liners move about with our binoculars. Whilst panning around, we noticed two old aircraft bodies (/...
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What does induced flow exactly means on helicopters flight? How is it different from downward deflection of air?

I believe all airfoils deflect air downwards at an angle at a velocity V. What is the difference between the downward-vertical component of the deflected wind and the induced velocity in Helicopter ...
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What are some first-order drag approximations for airframe/propwash interactions?

What are some first-order drag approximations for airframe/propwash interactions, both for dynamic flight and for static thrust, in a traditional tractor configuration?
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How to compute thrust to weight ratio of a Cessna 172?

Cessna 172 has weight about 1 ton and it's engine produces about 213 Kg of thrust, and it flies great. So if I make a plane with a weight of 100kg including pilot and fuel so will 15 kg thrust good ...
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Best books for learning about history of airplanes? [closed]

I've always liked airplanes, but for some reason have never retained much information about specific planes. For instance, if someone casually mentions the X-15 or the X-24, I have to look up what ...
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How do you spot the difference between an A320 and a B737? [duplicate]

I'm constantly having problems with identifying aircraft, and was wondering whether there are any tricks with easily identifying whether an aircraft was a Boeing 737 or Airbus A320?
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how does the rudder work? [closed]

What do you know about yaw control and more precisely about the result caused by the rudder (R on picture)? Below the right pedal of the airplane has been depressed, and the rudder creates a rotation ...
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Why do the ratio of proppeler plane over jet engine seems to have change in Bucarest airport during the covid19 crisis?

I live in a village very close to an (intl) airport: Bucharest "Henri Coanda" International Airport. Now, due to lock-down caused by covid pandemic, I noticed - at least today when I spent most of the ...
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Why do autogyros exist? [duplicate]

This question has been intriguing me for some time. In Autogyro the rotary blades merely acts as what fixed wings act in normal aircrafts to generate lift. So why not simply have a fixed wing instead ...
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How to increase payload capacity of plane?

Keeping thrust, wing span, weight (of plane) constant, can we increase the payload capacity (nearly 50% more)? Adding payload to plane, it decreases thrust/weight ratio, how does it affect the control ...
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Can lift be increased by increasing the angle of incidence of the wing? [closed]

Can the lift of a plane be increased by increasing the Angle of Incidence (angle between the chord line of the main wing and the axis of the fuselage)? Meaning, can more lift be generated while the ...
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Helicopter or Airplane, which is the most difficult to fly? [duplicate]

I know it varies from aircraft to aircraft, but I want to know in general, which would be the most difficult aircraft to fly even after years of experience. Helicopter or Airplane ? I tried to fly a ...
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Can you fly 2000 miles on an engine that costs less than $500k? If so, what type of engine?

Ok so Im exploring ways to bring cargo and medical supplies to various rural cities in say Africa without relying on ground infrastructure. Just short and cheap runways spread around the continent. It ...
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What plane has the widest range in speed in which it can operate? [duplicate]

What propellor plane, other than planes with vertical takeoff capability, has the largest gap in speed between its slowest stall speed and its maximum airspeed? I am looking for a plane with a short ...
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How do planes maintain constant speeds at cruise altitudes?

I'm a noob so pardon my ignorance. So my understanding is that as the plane gets lighter during the flight, its mass reduces therefore reducing the lift needed to maintain the altitude. At those ...
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How to manage anxiety just before flying? [closed]

I am new to aviation and flying. I have a one hour trip that is making me anxious and sleepless. How can I manage the fear and is it safe or just like the news we hear on news?
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Why are the angle-of-attack sensors on most airplanes mounted on the forward fuselage rather than at the wing roots?

A source of reliable angle-of-attack information is important for airplanes, as flight at an excessively-high angle of attack can cause the airplane to stall, which is generally considered to be an ...
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Why do non-aerobatic aircraft have a negative G limit?

Why do airplane wings have limit load of both positive and negative g's (e.g., the Weedhopper ultralight has a load factor of +5 and -2gs). Why not just have a positive limit load since most airplanes ...
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What is the type of the seaplane at the end of runway 18L on Schiphol Airport?

From 47 to 52 seconds into this video we can see a seaplane parked in a small pool of water. What type of plane is this and when did the plane fly for the last time?
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A commercial jet with rear tail-mounted engines and 3+3 seat pattern?

I have just spotted a cameo in one of the old CSI:NY episodes. External shot showed a commercial jet, rather big aircraft, with rear tail-mounted engines. While internal shots shown 3+3 seat rows ...
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