Questions tagged [maneuver]

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

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Why is Russian super-maneuverable thrust vectoring more prevalent than American?

Based on the sheer number of super-manouverable thrust vectoring Russian fighter jets, it seems that Russia has put more effort into developing thrust vectoring for enhanced maneuverability than the ...
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How would one define or explain the term “unloading the controls?”

I've heard people say "unload the controls" or "unload the wing/propeller." What does this mean exactly? It is usually followed by releasing back pressure on the elevators or starting/ending a turn.
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How tight should my orbits be?

I'm flying VFR circuits at a towered aerodrome, and the circuit is quite busy. With traffic ahead of me to land, the tower calls on the radio and asks me to orbit on downwind. I know it's good ...
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Are sudden turns and descents a standard emergency procedure?

First, I'm not looking for speculation on an accident, I just want to know if pilots are trained to make certain maneuvers in response to an emergency. In reading about the jet that just went down in ...
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How does an airplane do a Kulbit manoeuvre?

Some time ago, I came across a GIF of a Russian military airplane doing a Kulbit manoeuvre (Probably for showoff). How, in terms of control surface movement, does an airplane to the Kulbit? Source: ...
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Is it possible to perform a spin recovery in IMC?

In other words, after some training, is it possible to recovery a spin solely by relying on instruments? If using a vacuum-pump traditional attitude indicator, I assume the answer is no, since there ...
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What is the difference between a barrel roll and an aileron roll?

I was going through social media and I came across this GIF image that showed a plane doing some sort of roll. It was labeled "Barrel Roll" but in the comments to the post, someone said that it was ...
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Does adding flaps during ground roll perform better in short-field takeoff?

In most POHs, the flap configuration for short-field is usually recommended as partial flaps, for instance 10˚ for C172. I remember the arguments are that full flaps would reduce the acceleration ...
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Is there a relationship between control surface deflection and a particular turn radius or bank angle?

I am making a project which includes automation of aileron, rudder and elevator deflection. Is there a quantifiable relation which can tell me the amount of deflection required for any radius of ...
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What is the meaning of “Docile pitch behavior” in the context of Pugachev's Cobra?

In another answer on SE Aviation it is mentioned that the ability to perform Pugachev's Cobra in a non-thrust-vectored aircraft needs "docile pitch behavior of the airframe up to approx. 110° angle ...
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Is there a universal departure recovery procedure?

Let us say you're in a non-fly-by-wire tactical aircraft (say a F-15 or an A-4) doing maneuvers in the local MOA, and you manage to depart the jet in some non-spin fashion. Is there a standard ...
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What is a “departure” in the context of flight testing / maneuvers?

I was reading about the F-35 flight tests and it mentions a "departure" at a couple of places. What does that word mean in this context? I understand spins and stalls but what's a "departure"? AF-...
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How can an aircraft hover almost vertically?

(Source: https://fat.gfycat.com/) The aircraft in this GIF (although being an RC plane) seems to be flying vertically, just meters above the ground. How is this possible? How is it possible to control ...
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Can FMC be programmed to do fast maneuvering in fighter jets?

As we know we set the flight path etc in FMC but can it be pre programmed to do high speed maneuvering and shoot the ammo as per the preset conditions? It could be kind of self moving UAV with the ...
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What is this turn called and how is it performed?

I've found pictures and videos of jets rotating 90 degrees so that one wing points straight down to the ground and the other is straight up, then they suddenly turn away from their course while ...
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Can the HAL Lca Tejas perform Pugachev's Cobra maneuver?

Can any variant of the HAL Lca Tejas (either the naval variant, the mark 1, mark 2 or later) perform Pugachev's Cobra? If not, why?
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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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What types of maneuvers increase the load factor on the aircraft?

Out of turns, stalls and climbs, which of the basic maneuvers increases the load factor on an airplane as compared to straight and level flight?
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Who decides how to “handle” an aircraft, with regards to severity of manoeuvres etc?

Until Friday I'd flown only with EasyJet and Alitalia. In the last weekend, however, I took two Vueling flights and felt that the way the aircraft manoeuvred during the flight was very different when ...
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How is the steepness of turn bank properly defined?

In aviation we often refer to the bank of a turn as shallow, medium or steep. I remember reading somewhere that the definition is not universal as to how many degrees it is, but it has to do with the ...
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Is the Falling Leaf maneuver used for UAV recovery?

The Falling Leaf maneuver is a way to lose altitude by descending like a tree leaf. Is this maneuver used in the recovery of UAVs? Source.
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Is it possible to “take a bullet [missile]” for another plane as shown in the movie Air Force One?

In Air Force One a fighter jet maneuvers between a missile and the president's plane, as shown in this clip. Is such a maneuver possible? If not, what could be done in that situation?
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When does the use of afterburners save fuel?

An afterburner uses a lot more fuel for a little more thrust (rule of thumb: 50% more thrust for 5 times the fuel flow with full dry power). Is a flight maneuver possible where using the afterburner ...
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What is the working principle of g-suits?

Pilots since world wars have been wearing g-suits in fighter planes to minimize the effect of high g encountered by them during close maneuvers. How do g-suits help in minimizing the effect of high ...
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How does the canard plan of the Dassault Rafale work?

I'm quite puzzled after seeing some videos of the Dassault Rafale. When pulling the stick, the canard plan should move as in this video (low speed, high angle of attack, stick pulled backward on ...
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Why does the Sukhoi-30 MKI have both canards and conventional horizontal stabilizers?

I believe the Sukhoi-30 actually has 3 means of altering pitch and roll - canards, horizontal stabilizers, and thrust vectoring. Image courtesy www.mars.slupsk.pl What is the point of this? Does it ...
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What are good strategies for the “impossible turn”? [duplicate]

For reference, I fly a Cessna 172. I've read about a couple of different strategies for the impossible turn (attempting to turn back to the airport after engine failure at low altitude). The first ...
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Are snatch pickups used today?

John T. Downey, who spent 20 years imprisoned in China, was captured when his plane was shot down during an attempted "snatch pickup". The spy they were supposed to retrieve had been turned by the ...
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What regulatory load cases drive the structural design of aircraft?

What I am looking for here is a sort of a list gathering the manoeuvres and/or load cases imposed by regulation that lead to the sizing of a part of an aircraft. For instance, vertical gust load is ...
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Is a slip an intentional consequence of a cross-control?

In flight training, you're always told not to cross-control, (for example, rolling right aileron, and stepping on the left rudder), but it seems to me that is exactly what a slip is doing. Is it that ...

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