Questions tagged [maneuver]

Questions about controlled changes to the flight path or a series thereof.

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Are 0g pushovers in a C172 safe/legal?

I see YouTube pilots do it all the time, but I’m wondering how safe this maneuver really is given the fuel is a gravity fed system. Also, is it legal?
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Steep turn: do we need rudder once we rolled into a bank angle?

Say a Cessna 172 is in a cruise level flight and clearing turn is just finished. I barely feel a left-turning tendency during the level flight (Maybe torque and slipstream are less significant). I ...
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Why do airplanes start descending when we initiate a left turn?

Today I watched a video about the Fly-by-Wire (FBW) system (see below) and at 3:20 there is a left turn initiated in a Cessna 152. Then it is shown that with a left turn (only by ailerons), in ...
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What would be the challenges for a pilot taking off into a headwind of just under the clean stall speed?

If a strong and fairly steady headwind was coming down the runway at just under the stall speed for a clean configuration/weight, what challenges would a pilot face? Or would it be fairly easy? Is ...
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Why does a Thrust Vector Control System increase maneuverability?

So why can a thrust vector control system increase my maximum g-load capacity? Because still n=L/G is relevant and if I can not provide enough lift (pointing up) to counter balance the thrust (...
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Is a forward slip considered a “normal maneuver” under 91.175(c)(1)?

After an instrument approach in IMC, 91.175(c)(1) requires, among other things, that operations below the DH or MDA must allow for a "normal rate of descent using normal maneuvers." Can ...
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What control surfaces do I need to move to do a roll in a model aircraft?

Figured that this was the better site to ask than drone SE, but if I'm wrong just let me know. I'm making a spitfire model and was just wondering how do I do a roll? I have elevator, rudder, and two ...
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Roller Coaster Airline

Could an airliner legally (using a common regional jets or less likely airliners) and safely perform acrobatic maneuvers that would otherwise not be permitted for commercial passenger flights. Why? ...
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What is this plane flying in overlapping circles pattern doing?

I have seen this Beechcraft Super King Air coming from France near Valenciennes and flying in circular patterns over a zone of Belgium for 2 days in a row now. What is it doing, some kind of aerial ...
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How close would another aircraft have to fly to warrant a sudden big altitude drop to avoid collision

This morning I read that mulitple people got (light) physical injuries after a passenger flight had to forcefully drop its altitude quickly in order to avoid collision with a fighter jet. The news ...
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What are the forces present in a coordinated turn?

During straight and level flight, coordinated flight is assumed when there is no net lateral force (no slip or no skid). But this concept totally breaks down when it comes to turning, in a co-...
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Can a plane bank without turning?

Can planes bank without turning, and if so, how is it possible? A plane's wing is designed to naturally create lift; the explanation for that is that the greater speed of the air moving over the wing ...
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Forces in a slipping turn [duplicate]

I have trouble understanding why the ball (on the turn & slip indicator) falls into the turn e.g. drop to the left when aircraft is rolled left, when in an uncoordinated turn (slipping turn). What ...
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Why did my LGA-ORD flight make an S-shaped turn round the time it was passing a storm?

On a recent United UA1709 flight into Chicago (hit by a heavy storm at the time), I felt a noticeable descent, combined with two wide banks around 1 hour before landing. Looking at the flight path, I ...
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Is there a method for calculating change in V-speeds with a change in weight for a Cessna 172?

For example, what would the rotation speed (Vr) and stall speed (Vs) be at maximum takeoff weight versus flying with a single occupant? (2297 lb vs 1807 lb)
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How to determine the traffic avoidance manuver?

Scenario A: I started the takeoff roll and then noticed another aircraft is crossing the runway in front of me, how could I determine what is the best avoidance maneuver, like full braking to abort ...
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What does it mean to move a single flight control to its full deflection?

It is the speed below which you can move a single flight control one time, to its full deflection, for one axis of airplane rotation only This is part of the explanation of maneuvering speed. What ...
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Why did this aircraft do a ‘spiral’ before landing?

There was this WizzAir flight two days ago, from BUD to PMI, and right before landing it did a ‘spiral’ like maneuver. I’ve attached a screenshot. Why did it do that? It looks strange.
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Why limit the bank angle to 10° when passing through FL300 on a B737-800?

When passing thought FL300, we are instructed to set the bank angle limiter on the MCP to 10°. I know one of the reasons for this is that we are thrust limited so maneuver capability decreases. Are ...
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What is the Eights on Pylons maneuver intended to demonstrate about a pilot's skillset?

This maneuver has the common requirements such as clearing the area, and it has the unique requirement among maneuvers to determine the pivotal altitude and select appropriately spaced pylons as ...
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Did we get closer to another plane than we were supposed to, or was the pilot just protecting our delicate sensibilities?

Yesterday, April 28, 2019, I was flying on Alaska flight 557 from LAX to PDX. About an hour into the flight (near the California/Oregon border) I was looking out the window and saw a jet travelling ...
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Why do airplanes bank sharply to the right after air-to-air refueling?

Whenever I see videos on YouTube they bank really sharply to the right after disconnecting from the tanker. Why wouldn't they do a more shallow 30-degree bank? See this video for reference:
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What is the difference between a forward slip and a side slip?

I am having a hard time understanding what differentiates the two types of slip. I understand that in a forward slip, the longitudinal axis is tilted with respect to the flight path, whereas in a side ...
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Is an Aileron Roll Easier Done Opposite The Rotation Of The Plane's Propeller?

We all know helicopters have tail rotors because they would spin out of control thanks to Newton's third law. That got me thinking, would a single propeller plane have an easier time doing an Aileron ...
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Why does elevator input move the turn coordinator ball in steep turns?

When practicing steep turns, I'm running into an unusual phenomenon. If the airplane is losing altitude in coordinated flight and I apply aft stick pressure to pitch up and correct, I notice that the ...
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What is the derivation of 15 and 11.3 used for estimating pivotal altitude?

Pivotal Altitude Explained: Teaching eights on pylons the easy way at AOPA repeats a common formula for pivotal altitude. To estimate pivotal altitude, square the groundspeed and then divide by 15 ...
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What G forces does a pilot perceive in a “1 G” barrel roll? [duplicate]

This is a follow on to an earlier discussion about pilot perception of G forces compared with actual aerodynamic loads on an airframe. Years ago, the Boeing 707 prototype famously did not one, but ...
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How fuselage creates lifting force when plane flying on a side?

On a question "How plane able to fly on a side" people answer that it's because fuselage shape crate lifting force and plane should have enough thrust. But that seems vague to me. How fuselage creates ...
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How do planes respond aerodynamically when bringing them into inverted flight by rolling?

For the sake of the question the plane is fully capable of inverted flight, no problems with engines etc. Background of the question is the observation that the airflow around the wing must also ...
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Why are the positive points in a V-n diagram associated with pitch maneuvers?

For an aircraft with such flight envelope, the flight conditions in point A, C and D are ...
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When would a pilot request a “VMC descent” or “VMC climb”?

Can anybody explain what's the point of this and in what kind of situations a pilot needs it? ICAO Doc 9432 "Manual of Radiotelephony" 8.3.3 An aircraft may request a clearance to climb or ...
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How did this F/A-18's execute a “low-boom maneuver”?

The Engadget article NASA will publicly test quiet supersonic technology in November says: The administration plans to conduct a series of public tests around the coastal city of Galveston in ...
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Why were these Hawkeyes flying in a circular pattern?

A couple of months ago I was near the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, when I saw 3 or 4 planes flying in a tight circular pattern. The planes were on the larger side, prop driven and had large ...
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Can a plane turn around like on this photo? [duplicate]

I've never seen a plane do such a maneuver, have you? Is this photo just a hoax?
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How does turn radius change with velocity between Vm and Vs, as in a 180 degree turn in a canyon?

I just heard a briefing on mountain flying, and it was stated that the first thing, or the most important thing to do in the event you are unfortunate enough to find yourself in a blind canyon with no ...
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How will a prolonged series of steep turns produce a stall in subsequent level flight?

In Stick and Rudder, the author warns pilots against the unreliability of judging airspeed and hence “buoyancy” — his term for how far the airplane is from aerodynamic stall — by throttle position, ...
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Why is this plane flying in such a tight circle?

I was in a car in NYC on 2/18 going from Queens to Manhattan. While going over a bridge I noticed some (what looked to me like) very tight circular contrails in the sky. The plane was still there but ...
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During spin recovery, can you just release the yoke/stick to neutralize the ailerons?

I have been watching spin recovery videos on YouTube for the last few days. Scary stuff and I haven't even started flying yet :o haha Anyway, the recovery seems to be commonly described as PARE: ...
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Why are yaw rate and pitch rate obtained by these equations?

I am reading "Introduction to Aircraft Aeroelasticity and Loads" by Jan R. Wright and Jonathan E. Cooper. The book said: In steady bank turn (as shown in picture below), The rate of turn is given by:...
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How does a fighter “thump” an intercepted aircraft?

In P&E Never Again: A Thump on Final, commercial pilot Mike Mercer describes an encounter with an F–16 shortly before rounding out to land. Without warning, the Baron abruptly yawed 15 degrees ...
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As a plane gets slower, why does a certain bank angle make you turn faster?

In the video "Maneuvering during Slow Flight" the narrator states that while flying slow the airplane will be less responsive to aileron and other control inputs. He also says that the plane will turn ...
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How do pilots make rudder inputs during negative G flight?

During negative 'G' flight, the forces on the pilot (or pilots) will tend to push their legs up and away from the rudder pedals on your airplane. Needless to say, this is not conducive to making ...
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Why is this plane flying a circular track?

Came across this on flighradar24 recently. It shows a jet making a very strange pattern. I would normally expect it to be some sort of aerial survey but seems unlikely in such a large aircraft at such ...
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How do groundspeed and IAS change during eights on pylons, and how should I manage them?

When performing eights on pylons I know that groundspeed (GS) reduces as we fly into the wind and increases as we fly with (or away from) the wind. This is the direct cause for the need to constantly ...
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Why should the ball be centered during steep turns?

I was taught to make steep turns with the ball centered, but this seems wrong to me. Shouldn’t the ball actually be held slightly to the inside of the turn? My thought is that by using some cross-...
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Minimum turning radius (or maximum banking angle) of a commercial airplane [duplicate]

The context of the work: in an ATC model, we currently have a graph model to set the routes for different aircraft. We want to improve its precision by generating more nodes for each route and in ...
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What is the maximum side slip angle that can be achieved by a F-16?

During which flight regime is maximum side slip needed (apart from take-off and landings in cross winds)? I have learned that during a knife edge maneuver, the side slip angle plays a crucial role in ...
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How do uncoordinated turns (skid, slip) affect a helicopter's turn radius?

Is a helicopter's flight path (track made good) an arc of constant radius regardless if it's a coordinated or uncoordinated turn? (Assume nil wind conditions and that the pilot maintains the angle of ...
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Where can I find detailed steps on how to perform all ACS maneuvers?

All the maneuvers outlined in the Airman Certification Standards (slow flight, power on stalls, short field, etc.) have been taught by my instructor to me but on no occasion have I received reference ...
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What is the name of the figure consisting of a slow revolution around longitudinal axis? [duplicate]

"An airplane performing one slow revolution around its longitudinal axis is performing one of these..." This was a clue on Jeopardy today. The contestant responded with, "What is a barrel roll?" ...