Questions tagged [pilot-technique]

Questions about different techniques that pilots may use when flying.

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Is less right rudder pressure needed for right chandelles

It is said on the Internet and the FAA Airplane Flying handbook that when rolling out from a right chandelle, the yawing moment is to the right, which partially cancelled some of the left turning ...
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In an Airbus A-320, when is it appropriate to use: vertical speed mode, the expedite button, and the speedbrake?

When it is appropriate and good airmanship to use Vertical speed on A-320 and where it is written? Also same questions for the speedbrake? Also, why do some captains call the expedite push button the &...
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Can the use of flaps reduce the steady-state turn radius at a given airspeed and angle of bank?

Note that for the purposes of this question, I am only interested in the scenario described below. By 'steady-state' I mean to exclude from consideration the short-term effects of changing the flap ...
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Was the miracle on the Hudson saved exclusively by the APU?

In the film Sully, (staring Tom Hanks) the APU is switched on straight after both engines rollback, why was this step necessary; Airbus said this was the "15th thing" to do on the checklist. How or ...
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How to determine runways at unfamiliar airports?

I’m having a hard time determining where the runway is. Let’s say I am 3 NM west of an uncontrolled airport and the runway is 18/36. An the active runway is 18. What’s the best way to determine where ...
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Why does the pilot need to manually retard the thrust levers in an A320?

The Airbus A320 FCOM (Autoflight - Flight Guidance - Flare Mode) says: At 30 ft RA, the AP/FD aligns the yaw axis with the runway centerline and the aircraft flares on the pitch axis. If the ...
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Is there an FAA reference for rounding off of traffic pattern altitudes?

The convention by default is to fly the downwind leg at 1000' above ground level, but most pilots cannot really discern or fly within just a few feet of a chosen altitude, and generally prefer to fly ...
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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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What is the procedure to enter, maintain and recover from a flat spin?

Looking for a play-by-play from the pilot's seat of a Pitts biplane. What thoughts, considerations and control inputs are required to enter & maintain a flat "pretty" spin and a calculated exit ...
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When should the throttle be closed on a C172 while landing?

during landing training in a cessna 172, would you rather cut the power to idle at beginning of runway threshold, or idle when you're close to ground? I keep having problems where I flare too high or ...
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(Updated) Why do vertical distances appear much larger than horizontal distances?

Note: I have reformulated this question and provided more concise examples to avoid confusion and allow for better discussion. According to Google Earth, the distance from where the photo below was ...
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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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What difficulties may you find when controlling an aircraft with one engine on fire?

I curious that from a pilot perspective, what do they really feel when they experience an engine failure that caused by fire ? Can they easily maneuver the aircraft anymore, or will their situational ...
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At take-off, what is the deflection angle of the rudder for the legacy Hornet? [duplicate]

At take-off, what is the deflection angle of the (legacy) F/A-18 Hornet's rudders?
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How to avoid or cope with a bad day where my flying felt sloppy?

This morning I went out to do a flight and I wasn’t my usual self. I was just sloppy in the pattern, not hitting my speeds, overshooting the final, radios were sub par. Backstory. Last week I was ...
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Are dual input situations for major aircraft quite unusual?

Why would the Captain and Co-pilot both need to control the plane at the same time in normal operations? The only time that I could think of one is manually flying and doing complex maneuvering and ...
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Why, on a short-field takeoff, are we taught to run the engine to full power before releasing the brakes?

TLDR; See Update #2 and #3. The FAA on the one hand says "It has not been established that this procedure results in a shorter takeoff run... " but then requires the same procedure as part ...
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How many times does a pilot usually change local pressure while landing or departing?

The local air pressure (QFE, and therefore QNH as well) may change throughout the day. ATC will advise pilots of the new altimeter setting on a regular basis. How often do pilots truly update this ...
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What is the typical sink rate during a well-executed carrier landing at the moment the main wheels touch the deck?

What is the typical sink rate during a well-executed carrier landing at the moment the main wheels touch the deck? And how has this changed over the decades?
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Why should one not slip a Cessna 172 with flaps extended?

The POH strongly recommends not slipping the AC with full flaps...why? It seems natural in a crosswind approach to allow the horizontal lift component to cancel the airmass movement across the ...
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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 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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Why do pilots move the propeller lever full forward before landing?

Is it because aircraft can get more "instant" power for go-around, with throttle full-forward? Or is it for protecting the aircraft's engine from high RPM, low PROP stress in case of go-...
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How can I land a PA-44 (Seminole)?

I’m trying to get my ME endorsement now, and I find I can’t land very well. My instructor told me to forget everything I know about the Cessna, and that this aircraft should be landed with power. He ...
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How can an ultralight be slowed down for landing in a tailwind?

When flying an ultra light and I have a tail wind, and, with the engine at idle how do I slow down to land ?
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What are the symptoms of vortex ring state?

What are the signs and symptoms a pilot can recognize, that the helicopter is approaching vortex ring state (VRS) and measures should be taken? A related question discusses how to prevent or recover ...
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Is a one foot landing possible?

This video shows an aircraft touching down like a helicopter on some gravel, is this possible or is the video a fake? Are there any other videos out there? Facebook video Similar one on YouTube
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What does a pilot do when there is crosswind?

In an aircraft, headwind slows it down, and tailwind speeds it up. But it does not steer the flight off course. But when there is extreme crosswind, how does the pilot handle the situation? And what ...
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How do water bomber pilots deal with the changing forces and mass when scooping water?

How does a pilot flying the scooping maneuver in a CL415 firefighting plane deal with the changing forces from taking on such a large mass of water (nearly 50% of the plane's own mass) as quickly as ...
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What is the danger in the over-use of reverse thrust during ground operations when operating a turboprop powerplant?

I'm new to turboprops, and everyone I've flown with seems extremely cautious about using only the bare minimum reverse thrust after touchdown and never during forward taxi. Why might that be?
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Can a Boeing 737-800 make a smooth landing on a 7000-foot runway?

I recently flew on an Avelo (brand new airline) Boeing 737-800 to KBUR, 6886’ x 150’ runway. It was a VERY rough touchdown, the braking system made a lot of racket, and our foreheads hit the seats in ...
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Is this aerodynamic braking procedure normal in a 747?

I found this instagram video via YouTube: The description in the YouTube video states that: This aerodynamic baking procedure is applied to reduce wheel brake and engine wear I have two questions: ...
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Is there a name for the fast decline + pull to climb pattern?

I'm a hobby photographer and I've noticed some patterns in the bird flights, so I tried to poke a bit into the aviation terminology for it. Phalacrocorax carbo does this movement similar to the ...
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What action should two planes on a collision course take? [duplicate]

What are the various types of procedures for two aircraft on a collision course?
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Engine out over a mountain road. Do you land upwind or up hill?

You're flying solo in a late-model, fixed-gear Cessna 172 with half-full fuel tanks. You are at 1000 feet AGL, 100 knots indicated, directly above the middle of a 2000 foot long straight section of ...
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Can I check my density altitude with brake tension?

The same way one would apply the brake and accelerator, the more torque the more break is needed to hold the car, can a plane use this same technique to check the plane thrust and air density before ...
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Is a braking rotation immediately after touching down a known maneuver?

In this video the airliner landing on grass rotates high up after touching down, looks like more than it would do during take off. Is it a known possible way to drop the speed or it was more for the ...
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Why are clearing turns supposed to be shallow bank?

During my CFI training, my instructor relayed a story in which he had a mid-air collision while teaching (how to teach) clearing turns to two other CFI applicants. The other aircraft was underneath ...
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Should one use mainly the rudder or the ailerons combined with rudder to go back to center line on short short final?

My pattern work is improving but there is one thing I consistently miss: I have a very hard time staying aligned with the runway on short final, say after passing the airport fences. When the nose ...
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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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Do pilots ever intentionally land a monowheel glider on the main wheel and a wingtip wheel in crosswind conditions?

Do pilots ever intentionally strike a wingtip when landing a mono wheel glider in gusty crosswind conditions? I understand the Lazair changed from a mono wheel to a standard tail dragger layout for ...
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Is it allowed and possible to hold at the intersection of two VOR radials using a single VOR receiver?

First of all, is it permitted? I am practicing VOR tracking on my simulator and the missed approach procedure (KLGB VOR 30) takes you out to an intersection off two VOR radials. Since the plate doesn'...
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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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In the US, will the tower likely think my aircraft has been hijacked if I taxi with the flaps down?

In the US, will the tower likely think my aircraft has been hijacked if I taxi with the flaps down? Related: Why are flaps retracted when an aircraft is parked on ground? https://fsims.faa.gov/wdocs/...
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How are carrier landings graded?

I'm an aspiring naval aviator (preferably a Hornet or an F-35) and a DCS player. Here's a question for any former navy aviators or LSOs. What would get you a good or bad landing grade on the carrier? ...
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Why so much throttle work on navy fighter during final approach?

• Look at his left hand: why so much throttle work while flying? What is he doing? • Is the throttle response very slow? It seems to me that the fighter don't accelerate so much when he gives full ...
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Why is scud-running necessarily dangerous? [duplicate]

(Disclaimer: Please do not take the below as an endorsement of scud-running.) Scud-running is when a pilot flying in poor weather operates their aircraft at a lower-than-normal height above terrain in ...
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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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When to reduce power on takeoff (Cessna 182 or similar)?

There are two sides I've heard when taking off in a Cessna 182 or other small airplane with a normally aspirated engine driving a constant speed propeller: As soon as your wheels are off the ...
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How is an off-field landing accomplished at night?

Common sense suggests it's much easier to do an off-field landing at day than at night, curious to know how it's accomplished at night.