Questions tagged [gyroscopic-instruments]

Questions about instruments which rely on gyroscopes to function, such as attitude indicators.

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How much lag does an Attitude Indicator experience?

How much lag does an Attitude Indicator exhibit when it is working as designed? Other than well-known problems like tumbling beyond certain limits in pitch and roll, and precession errors from the ...
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If I fly a balanced turn long enough, will the AI show I'm level?

Attitude Indicators are essentially gyroscopes. Mechanical gyroscopes have a "rigidity in space" property, which allows them to preserve their orientation when the support rotates. However, like ...
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What are the pros and cons of vacuum and pressure gyros?

Inspired by this question, I would like to know what the pro's and con's of the mostly used vacuum-gyro and the less used high-pressure-gyro is. Side-question: Are there any other ways to make the ...
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How did the gyro gunsights of WW2 get the range and lead of a target?

I just read this article on the gyro gunsight, but I don't understand how it computed range/position to the target and then calculated how much lead is needed. Surely it must have had radar to get ...
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How to handle vacuum and turn coordinator failure in IMC?

I just earned my FAA instrument rating and a considerable amount of time was spent training partial panel. This meant flying with no vacuum gyro instruments - attitude indicator and directional gyro. ...
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Is Turn and slip indicator a good back-up for the attitude indicator?

I was reading my Aircraft general knowledge book, and noticed something peculiar that was written. The book described that the turn and slip indicator works as a back-up in case of a malfunctioning ...
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How does a horizontal situation indicator (HSI) work?

I am trying to understand the Horizontal Situation Indicator. To my understanding there is a slaving transmitter, usually in a wing (the left wing in the Piper Archer and Seminole), which sends ...
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What does the suction gauge actually show?

If I recall correctly correctly the vacuum suction gauge in the TB10 has a scale from 3 to 6, with the green range being 4 to 5 (I might slightly off on those numbers though). It's clearly marked as ...
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During “partial panel” flying, in what ways is a turn rate indicator more useful than a turn coordinator?

This question deals with flying by reference to old-fashioned "steam gauges", not a modern "glass cockpit". I recall hearing some pilots very experienced (ATP) pilots advocate for the older-style "...
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Why vacuum instead of pressure to power gyros?

Why are most air powered gyro instruments powered by vacuum rather than positive pressure?
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How does the control-board on small drones govern their flight?

I saw this YouTube clip for a light weight drone, under a few ounces, with very impressive maneuverability. They used styrofoam for frame and taped the rotors and battery and the control chip to it. ...