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Questions tagged [pilot-technique]

Questions about different techniques that pilots may use when flying.

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At what position or distance from an airport are you considered to be in the “traffic pattern”

image source In the United States, as an aircraft is approaching or departing a non-towered airport, at what position or distance from the airport are you considered to be in or out of the "traffic ...
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Are there any known instances of airline pilots passing off aerobatics as “turbulence”?

Inspired by this Far Side cartoon, which shows the pilots of (presumably) a passenger airliner rolling the plane steeply from side to side, and claiming (to the passengers) that they’re just passing ...
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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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How does pulling back provide better steering during rollout for light GA planes?

I had requested clarification on an answer to the question, How do I keep a C172 straight on the centerline during landing/rollout? I did not comprehend how pulling back after touch down provides ...
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How do I keep a C172 straight on the centerline during landing/rollout?

During rollout upon touching down, I'd often find myself veering off the runway centreline to the left. Every time I input rudder, I have this feeling that I am getting pulled out of the turn (while ...
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Is 'bouncing' an airliner on landing in high winds a deliberate technique, or something always unexpected?

Last week, 767 landing at Newark, high winds, a good deal of rocking in the last few minutes, some passengers quite distressed. The landing was harder and noisier than usual, and we immediately ...
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How often does an airline pilot use the rudder pedals during flight?

How often does an airline pilot use the rudder pedals during flight? Is it only during takeoff and landing? I am interested to know the rudder pedal usage time in minutes per average short range ...
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What is the most effective way for a VFR pilot to scan the instruments during manoeuvres?

May I ask your opinion on what is the best and most effective pattern for a VFR pilot to scan their instruments during manoeuvres?
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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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How can pilot remember when or where to do tasks such as changing radio frequency and change fuel tank? [duplicate]

As a student pilot, I sometime forget tasks such as changing radio frequency after reaching a location or switching fuel tank in long navigation. These tasks happen in specific time or location ...
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What flaps and throttle settings are used on takeoff, climb, cruise, descent, and landing? [closed]

What degree of flaps and throttle setting are used on takeoff, climb, cruise, descent, and landing? This question is for private and general aviation aircraft. I have looked everywhere for FAA manuals ...
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Why are autorotations to a full touchdown not practised any more?

What is the history behind a decision to discontinue helicopter autorotations all the way to ground contact? In the 1960s, our Army flight program directed full ground contact for any and all ...
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Which way (if at all) do the ailerons need to be deflected in a full-rudder sideslip in a Cessna 152 or 172?

Do you typically have to maintain an aileron deflection in a constant-heading full-rudder sideslip in a Cessna 152 or 172? If so, in which direction? And why -- what is the source of the roll torque ...
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How can pilots minimize parasite drag?

What can pilots do to minimize parasite drag? As far as I know the effect of parasite drag really depends on the manufacturer of the airplane, but can pilots do anything about it?
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Do different planes (category) aim differently in the 'final stages before flaring'?

(youtube.com) Do different planes (categories A through D) aim differently in the final stages before flaring? I'm asking about precision runways. The reasons I ask: An ILS' glide slope is not ...
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How to land using horizon?

source I recently heard pilots discussing a landing technique that some instructors are now teaching. To assist new pilots in flaring, they instruct the pilot to adjust their attention toward the ...
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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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Do pilots have a generally preferred “traffic” resolution?

For aircraft cruising along at altitude, it is common for the controller to assign an aircraft a new course or altitude or speed for some reason such as "for traffic". My question is, would most ...
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Is it normal to choose a left or right pattern based on the wind direction? [duplicate]

I fly at Las Cruces International (KLRU) which is in an area with high winds (20 knots or more). My flight instructor wants me to fly the traffic pattern according to the crosswind direction on ...
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Why pull up on the rollout after landing, after the nose wheel is down?

I'm a student pilot learning on a Piper Cherokee 180. When I land and the nose wheel touches down my instructor wants me to keep pulling back on the stick through the landing roll. For soft field ...
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What are the most challenging taxi manoeuvres that a typical commercial airline pilot must execute?

I am currently involved in a University level modelling excercise which looks to investigate the handling qualities of a novel nose wheel steering system. As part of this study, I am interested in ...
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In light aircraft, non-instrument flight, apply (nearly) full aft elevator before beginning the takeoff roll or at some predetermined speed?

Consider a small, light, nose wheel tricycle aircraft, something along the lines of a C152 or similar, sitting at the end of the runway ready for takeoff, with no issues and with all pre-takeoff ...
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Does a pilot follow the PAPI lights in the same way in all categories of aircraft?

Since there are different dimensions of aircraft in various approach categories, I wonder what changes pilots in different aircraft have to make when following the PAPI lights. I know that 3° (for ...
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How to correct a roll due to turbulence?

I fly a Piper Cherokee 180 (PA-28-180) in an area that has frequent turbulence. When turbulence causes the aircraft to roll to one side I usually try to correct by using aileron and rudder in the ...
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How do CH-47 pilots lower the tail during a pinnacle landing?

(thedrive.com) Given the recent rescue of a climber on Mt. Hood by a Chinook, how are the pilots able to lower the tail in this situation? Is this just the natural angle during a hover, or are there ...
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Is it harmful to operate an engine “over square”? [duplicate]

Never Fly Your Engine "Oversquare!" is an old recommendation. This wisdom cautions pilots that selecting a power setting with a manifold pressure in inches higher than the RPM in hundreds is damaging ...
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How to maintain your pitch when looking for other traffic in the pattern?

I am a student pilot and I fly in a desert region where turbulence often changes the pitch and airspeed of my aircraft. I am having an issue maintaining pitch while scanning for other aircraft in the ...
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Can current fighter jets perform a deadstick landing?

If a current modern day fighter were to have a total engine failure over a suitable landing site or airport, can the pilot safely perform a dead stick landing? If so, are they routinely given training ...
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Is aerodynamic braking really effective?

(YouTube) In the frame above the pilot is pulling back, as evident by the stabilator's position, and this technique is usually cited as a means of slowing down. But wouldn't the brakes have better ...
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Why is it 'aileron right and elevator up' with a front-right wind in a tailwheel airplane?

Question: How should the flight controls be held while taxiing a tailwheel airplane into a right quartering headwind? Answer: When taxiing a tailwheel airplane into a right quartering headwind, use ...
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What is the throttle setting of a piston aircraft during cruise?

I am learning to fly nowadays, I am sorry if this sounds like a dump question. What is the throttle setting of an aircraft during cruise flight? After stabilizing the flight after climb do i need to ...
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Is right rudder always needed during go-around/touch and go with a Diamond DA-40?

Is application of right pedal always necessary in parallel with advancing power lever in diamond aircraft (DA-40) during go-around/touch and go?
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What is the proper technique for using rudder pedals with toe brakes?

I just had my first flight lesson the other day and I had some issues with using the rudder pedals and toe brakes for taxiing. For example, how do you steer and brake at the same time when making ...
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How does rudder lock occur?

Citing Wikipedia article on the Vertical Stabiliser: Rudder lock occurs when the force on a deflected rudder (in a steady sideslip) suddenly reverses as the vertical stabilizer stalls. This may ...
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Best procedure to Turn around in Canyon, Turn radius as a function of velocity

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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What is the english term for “vol en ficelle”?

From what I have read online and understood, "vol en ficelle" is basically a low altitude flight preparation method that requires calculating a set of altitudes to be followed in order not to crash. ...
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Stick in center console, how to easily write down clearances and other similar information?

I write with my right hand. I can make sort of intelligible scrawls with my left hand, but that is much slower for me. The airplane I'm training in is a single-engine prop plane with the control ...
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Are there standard visual cues or other methods for flaring in a B737-800?

Just a newbie in the 737. I've flown 100 hours - in real life - in this lovely beast and found the landing to be very confusing: my main problem is every time just from 50 feet, the sink feels too ...
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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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When and how do I align with the runway during an offset ILS approach?

In X-Plane 11, when landing an A330 on 04R at Nice (LFMN) on an ILS approach, the aircraft is brought perfectly to the end of the runway but because this is an offset ILS the aircraft is at about 2° ...
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Why don't we treat all takeoffs as short field in GA?

Depending on the airframe, there are a number of techniques to reduce the Take Off Distance required. For example, deploying flaps. What advantage is there to NOT using short field take offs, even ...
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Can I land a helicopter by controlling only power, not angle of attack?

With full RPM on my rotor system, can I land my helicopter using only the throttle? That is, by just reducing power rather than reducing the blades' angle of attack?
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What is the physics of crosswind landings for large airplanes?

This always confuses me from a physics perspective. Upon touchdown, what is the effect of the wind on a large airplane/airliner (Boeing 737 and above)? Below are three cases I put together to make it ...
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When to climb and when to descend when faced with icing?

(YouTube) The flight faced icing at FL 90 inbound to Germany from the UK on a world tour. Earlier they were flying above an overcast layer. After they saw the icing they requested FL 70, and asked ...
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Is pumping the control column an acceptable technique during flare?

Source: YouTube, higher quality file here. Example 2: YouTube Is it normal? Just a different technique? Or do certain situations or aircraft types call for it? The training manuals I've seen advise ...
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How does one reverse direction on a VOR radial?

Tracking inbound, say on R-270, how do I track outbound on the same R-270? What intercept heading shall I fly?
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How are rotary engines controlled?

Listen closely to the engine sound here. It seems to me all rotaries continuously sound on/off. Is that a pilot application to manage the engine's torque (with the whole block rotating), or as ...
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Is repeatedly pitching an aircraft up and down to help it lose its energy quicker a viable landing technique?

Say a pilot "bobs" his aircraft's nose up and down. The rapidly changing AOA should generate more drag than if the aircraft were to fly straight at a constant pitch where the AOA shouldn't be ...
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Do pilots land a helicopter sideways for improved visibility of the landing area?

When flying helicopters in the PC-based game Arma 3 (not a flight simulator), some of the cockpit have a large instrument panel directly in front of the pilot, obscuring the view of the ground ahead ...
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How do radio altimeter systems compensate for objects on the ground?

My understanding of a radio altimeter is that it can provide more accurate altitude readings below the transition level. It occurred to me a number of days ago whilst sitting beneath the glide path ...