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Aircraft equipped with more than one engine.

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How to get Multi Engine Rating from South Africa with a Canadian CPL?

I am currently holding a Candian CPL. I wish to do Multi-Engine Rating in South Africa. Is it possible to go to South Africa and add a Rating using my Canadian CPL?
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Engine torque due to Turbofan engines and its effect on aircraft attitude

I know that for turbofan engines there will be Gyroscopic effects while pitching, rolling and yawing maneuvre. But if the aircraft is cruising at an altitude or is simply idling on the ground, what ...
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Why would an airplane with fixed-pitch propeller(s) and no supercharging have manifold pressure gauges? (E.g. Ford Trimotor)

I had recently had a look at the Ford Trimotor NC9645 (link), currently on an EAA-sponsored tour. The propellers were fixed pitch (possibly adjustable by mechanic on ground), and the engines were not ...
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How to determine engine CG in order to calculate moments acting on it?

The aircraft has four engines mounted in pods under the wing. I know the values for the location of engine nacelle front face from the fuselage nose (longitudinal) and distance between engine ...
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Why do twin-engine Diamond aircraft have a single FADEC lever instead of two engine throttles?

From my understanding, if you have a twin-engine aircraft with 2 lever engine throttle one for each engine you will be able to use differential thrust to steer in case of steering malfunction. I don't ...
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Why is the ball no longer centred in a multi-engine airplane with inoperable engine?

I'm currently working on my PPL, and whilst trying to understand fully how the turn coordinator works, I got down a rabbit hole that makes me question my understanding, and that I can't dig myself out ...
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Can aileron control maintain track in a single engine failure on a twin?

Let us say I am flying a twin-engine aircraft and I got a engine failure during cruise, without any control on rudder and use the ailerons only, can I still maintain the target track or heading? Will ...
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Should a runway overrun be expected if takeoff is begun with one-engine-out?

Multi-engine aircraft have enough power to successfully takeoff if one engine fails after V1. But what if, on a runway equal to the specified takeoff distance, someone decided to roll with one engine ...
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How do you quantify rudder effectiveness as a function of bank angle?

I'm currently reviewing just for fun aircraft dynamics based on OEI (one engine inoperative) scenarios. After reading that "lower pedal forces at higher bank angles" are required, it got me ...
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I am licensed as a Private Pilot, Airplane Multiengine Land, what do I need to do to be able to fly as PIC in a Single Engine Land aircraft?

I basically got my Multi Engine Rating however not a single engine rating even though most of my training was in ASEL. Now I am curious what I would have to do to be able to fly friends and family in ...
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Does transport-type certification account for engine separation and its possible effect on hydraulic lines?

This question is inspired by the United Airlines Flight 328 where the No. 2 engine is damaged. Some multi-engine aircraft are design to withstand the detachment of an engine while some are not. Boeing ...
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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 does Vmca decrease with increasing altitude?

A question from a mock MEP class rating test: Many thanks for your help.
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Why do the Comet's engines point outwards?

As it's visible from the images below, when looking at the plane from the top, the engines point outwards and they are banana-shaped, why is that? (unfortunately I couldn't find a real photo ...
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What is this large engine doing on a B52?

In this YouTube video, discussing plans to use the 747 as an aircraft carrier, there is a brief sequence starting at 4 min 14 s, showing images of a B52: What is the explanation for the very ...
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What determines the direction of rotation for counter-rotating propellers?

As Wikipedia and other sources make clear, most twins with counter-rotating props are configured with the left (#1) prop turning clockwise (as viewed from behind the plane) and the right (#2) prop ...
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How to improve engine-out handling on a multi-engined aircraft?

Hypothetically, if I wanted to create a multi-engine airplane with the best single-engine handling characteristics/lowest Vmc, would moving the vertical stabilizer far back be beneficial (even if it ...
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Does counter-rotating propellers on multi engine airplanes have critical engine?

I read from most of the article and books that counter-rotating propellers multi engine airplanes do not have critical engine, but it just happened to my friend who did his Commercial Multi Engine ...
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What is the FAA's definition of a "multi-engine aircraft" that requires a multi-engine rating?

In a Facebook group I stumbled over this nice little picture: Also there was a discussion about the type rating of this plane, especially if it classifies as a multi-engine plane. It is a Colomban ...
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Why don't multiengine aircraft have to demonstrate spin recoverability?

(Building off this earlier question about spin-testing airliners.) For normal-category aircraft1 in the U.S. (at least), only single-engine (or, in the case of some gliders, no-engine) airplanes need ...
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Does a standalone EASA Multi-Engine Instrument Rating exist?

I'm starting an A320 type rating in a couple of months, but my MEP/IR is expiring before that. The pre-entry requirements were only a ME IR. Got me wondering: can I just revalidate my ME IR and let my ...
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Is there any legal way to fly an inline twin-engine aircraft with a single-engine certificate?

Is there any legal way to fly an inline twin-engine aircraft with only a single-engine endorsement? For example, if it's an ultralight or amateur built? I understand Rutan's Defiant was an inline ...
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Do multi-engine jets need all engines with equal age to reduce asymmetry in thrust and fuel consumption arising out of deterioration?

Let's assume, one of the engines on a twin-jet needs replacement and the jet is is fitted with an old engine and a newer engine after the due replacement, the older engine would tend to produce less ...
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What adds more weight to a twinjet? Tail-engines or wing-engines?

Let's say we have a large commercial jet, with exactly 2 engines, capable of holding at least 200 passengers. It could be a traditional jet like the Boeing 777, where both engines are in the wing. Or ...
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Eviation Alice Powerplant Placement

I saw an article from the BBC about the Eviation Alice this morning that left me puzzled. The design is a tail wheel tri-motor with the power plants located in a pusher configuration at the wing tips ...
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Why is the S-duct intake on the Tu-154 uniquely oblong?

Is there an advantage to the oval/elliptical shape of the Tu-154's S-duct intake? It appears to be taller and an overall different shape than the side-mounted cowlings. This doesn't appear to be a ...
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Would throttle steering of a forward-swept-winged aircraft be possible?

Fortunately (or perhaps unfortunately, given the number of crashes that had to occur for us to figure it out), the use of throttle manipulation to control an airliner with disabled primary flight ...
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Do aircraft engineers take into consideration engine placement to avoid ground strikes in a cross-wind landing?

On a multi-engine airplane with wing-mounted engines, do aircraft designers have a standard way of ensuring that the banked landings associated with cross-wind's do not cause a prop or engine-housing ...
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Why does a pilot bank up to 5 degrees into the operating engine following failure of the other engine?

If a multi-engine aircraft suffers an engine failure while near minimum control speed (Vmc), one of the solutions is to bank up to 5 degrees into the operating engine to increase rudder effectiveness ...
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What is this four-engine propeller airplane?

I came across this print at a bargain store a couple weeks ago. At first I thought it might be a variant of a Lockheed L-188 Electra; then I noticed that it has at least 6 engines, as the print ...
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Why aren’t multiengine general-aviation aircraft required to be capable of sustained single-engine flight?

While perusing the See How it Flies website, I came across this alarming statement regarding multiengine general-aviation aircraft: You must not allow yourself to think that just because airliners ...
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What is the correct go-around procedure in a PA-44?

I wanted some advice on a procedural-type question. In the PA-44 (Piper Seminole) go-around procedure, it is listed as follows: MIXTURES ............................................FULL RICH ...
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What's the difference between the Multi Engine Instrument Rating and Instrument Rating in Canada?

Are the requirements for the Multi Engine Instrument Rating the same as Instrument Rating in Canada or is there a separate exam for each of them? Thanks!
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In a Vmc demo, why is it important to lose 1 knot per second?

I got asked two questions on my checkride: Why is it important to lose 1 knot per second (approximately) in a Vmc Demo? How do we know we're losing 1 knot per second? My answer to question 1 would ...
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How does setting takeoff flaps improve aircraft performance?

A study guide I recently found indicates that Vmc and aircraft performance improve with takeoff flaps set. The Vmc improvement makes sense but the performance improvement does not. At a basic level, ...
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Why do some multi-engine aircraft have accelerate-go distance in their performance charts and some don’t?

I'm curious about why some airplanes have accelerate-stop distance (ASD) and accelerate-go distance (AGD) in their performance charts and some don’t include that. Does anyone know why?
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Why isn't the application of "carb heat" in initial piston multi-engine failure emergency procedures?

What is the rationale for not including the application of carb heat in the initial multi-engine airplane's engine failure procedure? I've recently starting flying light multi-engine airplanes again ...
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How can using split throttles help when landing twins in crosswinds?

In General Aviation light twins, when landing in heavy crosswinds, what are some considerations to using asymmetric (or Split) throttles to induce a sideslip, to align the fuselage with the ground ...
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Is it possible to swap RR trent 900 engines to GP 7200 for existing A380 air frame? [duplicate]

If an A380 was originally equiped with RR trent 900 engines, but decided to switch to GP 7200 for any reason, would this be possible? Has this kind of engine swap (different manufacturer engine swap) ...
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if your Seneca weight is 4000 pounds , and you have 800m visibility, would you take off? [closed]

An examiner asked me if your Seneca weight is 4000 pounds , and you have 800m visibility, would you take off ? I said by law the visibility is ok but still I would not because if we get an engine ...
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Why should a Piper Seneca not take off after an engine failure below 100MPH?

In the Seneca (PA34-200) AFM, in the ENGINE FAILURE DURING TAKEOFF section, it is noted that if engine failures occurs during takeoff ground roll and 100 MPH has not been attained, the pilot must ...
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What is the aircraft model used in the film "American Made"?

In American Made, what is the model of the white airplane that the CIA presents to Barry Seal (played by Tom Cruise)? He says something along the lines of "the fastest piston twin". Are those ...
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How does the range of a single- and twin-engine for small aircraft compare?

I know that one difference between these two types of small aircraft are that in a twin engine, one engine can continue working if the other suddenly fails. Wouldn’t a single engine plane weigh less ...
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Does the DC-3 have a prop sync?

I'd like to ask if the DC-3 has a prop sync. I found nothing about prop sync in the DC-3 operations manual, in the running specs, design features, or in the chapters about its engine and propeller. I'...
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How do the engines of a multi-engine airplane shut down after fuel starvation?

If a multi-engine aircraft runs out of fuel, can the engines flame out at different times due to fuel inequality between the tanks, or do they both die at the same time because fuel is constantly ...
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Are run-ups required for multiengine piston aircraft?

Are run-ups required or advisable on multiengine piston aircraft?
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How many four-engine commercial passenger jetliner types are currently in use?

Just heard following somewhere: It is easy to distinguish four-engine passenger jetliner type, because there are only three of them: if it has "hump" upper deck then it is Boeing 747, if ...
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What would happen if multi engines operated symmetrically?

What would happen if a multi engine operated symmetrically? So if one engine were to rotate counter-clockwise and the other clockwise. What are the advantages and downsides to this?
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Do multi engines face the torque effect?

Do multi engines face the torque effect? What about jets?
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Is there a difference in aerodynamic efficiency between single engine and twin engine airplanes?

I've learned a lot of great information about aviation on this website. One insight I learned from a poster here is that, all else equal, for every doubling of engine power that you give an airplane, ...
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