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Questions tagged [propeller]

Aircraft propellers are airfoils which convert rotary motion from a piston or turbine engine into thrust suitable for propelling an aircraft.

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Are aircraft with counter-rotating props or Down Between Engines less likely to develop asymmetric icing?

It is suggested by some (and somewhat substantiated) that twin-engine propeller aircraft which do not have counter-rotating props (all modern regional turboprops are this way) can develop asymmetric ...
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What operational differences were there in WWII for constant speed vs. fixed pitch propeller warbirds?

I have read about the operational differences between constant speed and fixed pitch propellers. Being a World War II buff, I was reminded of reading once about both principles being used in period ...
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What does feathering mean and how does it work technically?

Before I ask "What does Feathering mean when it comes to Jet/Propeller Engines" I have to say what I think I know: Feathering jet/prop engines mean achieving a sufficient turbine rotation speed at ...
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What types of wood can be used for making propellers?

Early propellers were made from wood and they still are on some vintage/classic aircraft and reproductions. What types of wood are typically used to make wooden propellers?
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Is it OK to move a light aircraft by pushing or pulling the propeller?

It's very common to see pilots moving a light aircraft by pushing or pulling on the prop, either because there's no tow bar available or simply out of preference or convenience. Is this a reasonable ...
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How do Throttle control and Propeller control work together?

I haven't been able to understand. If propeller control controls the pitch of the blades in a constant speed engine, what do the throttle control do? I've seen (in some normal operation manuals for ...
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Are there any twin engine aircraft without counter-rotating props?

All the twins I have checked have counter-rotating blades, so I was wondering if this was true for all twins of if there are any twins that have both blades turning in the same direction.
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Why do most single propellers have a clockwise rotation?

Why do most single propellers have a clockwise rotation (seen from the pilot's point of view)? There are though multi-engine planes that have each propeller rotating different directions, but in the ...
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Why don't helicopter blades look like other propellers?

While doing an image search, I found many different shaped propellers and asked about them in this question. In it, Peter Kampf answered my question with his usual thoroughness. However, as I looked ...
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Why are there so many different propeller shapes?

While doing an image search, I found these images of propellers: and Some appear to be straight-ish on the leading edge and curved on the trailing, some curved on the leading edge and straght-ish on ...
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Are there design differences between propellers powered by air (wind-power) and propellers for aviation?

What is the difference of design between a propeller designed to be powered by the wind (i.e. those huge wind power turbine blades) and those designed to be used to propel a plane that are powered by ...
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Is there any equation to bind velocity, thrust and power?

I am designing a remote controlled airship. I will tune it so that the lift given by Archimedes' Principle will exactly balance the weight of all the structure. It will be propelled by brushless ...
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How to execute a gear up landing on aircraft with low propeller?

On some GA aircraft such as the Piper Malibu, the propeller would touch the ground if the gear was up. How would you land the plane when gear actuators fail? I would pull out the mixture knob and ...
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Why does flight training usually start with (unsafe?) propeller planes and not with (safer?) jets?

I live in the UK and would like to learn flying jets, but most courses seem to start with propeller planes. Not sure if this might be a misconception about the safety of different aircraft types, but ...
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Is the Progress D-27 really a propfan?

On WikiPedia, the Progress D-27 is described as a propfan engine and the airplane it powers, the Antonov An-70, is described as propfan-powered. This Air&Space magazine article contradicts that; ...
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What is the upper altitude limit for propeller driven aircraft? [duplicate]

Is it possible to fly 100 kilometers with a propeller driven aircraft? and if not what is the limit of a propeller driven aircraft?
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Why don't planes have a reverse propeller as air brakes?

When I first heard the word air brakes it came to me that maybe the engine start rotating in the opposite direction for that, but since that's not possible, why can't we have an extra engine for air ...
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Is there an equation which allow us to perfectly match a helix propeller and an engine?

Is there an equation which allow us to perfectly match a helix propeller and an engine? I'm looking for an equation that allow me to correctly dimension an helix propeller for my engine. I mean that ...
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How high can propeller airplanes fly?

Is there a maximum height a propeller airplane could fly? Some lower bounds for maximum flying altitude: 12,000m (39,370ft): Antonow An-70, produced 1994 12,310m (40,387ft): Lockheed Martin C-130J ...
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Can propeller driven aircraft sustain speeds at or above Mach 1?

Has any propeller driven aircraft ever achieved and sustained supersonic speed? If not, why can't propeller airplanes achieve that speed?
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What were the disadvantages of early prop driven blended-wing aircraft?

I've been researching the history of pre-jet aircraft and I've come across several famous, and not so famous, blended-wing aircraft. The idea seemed to show promise but never really caught on, even ...
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Why are push-propellers so rare, yet they are still around?

Jet engines are by their very nature push-engines, however, most propeller airplanes use pull-engines. Is there an inherent advantage to using pull-propellers except for the increased airflow over the ...
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In case of emergency, is it possible (doable) to land a small propeller-driven aircraft on an aircraft carrier?

I was watching the Disney movie Planes with my younger brother, and one of the characters/planes perform a emergency landing on an aircraft carrier. And that got me thinking... In case of emergency, ...
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Is a propeller a wing?

An aviation expert claimed to me that a propeller is a wing. While I understand that propellers use similar principles to generate force, it muddied the definition of a rotary wing aircraft vs a ...
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What dictates the prop RPM used during cruise?

I've seen on numerous different constant-speed propeller aircraft and different pilots using different RPMs during the cruise phase on a propeller aircraft. What dictates the RPM used during normal ...
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Why are propeller airplanes still made?

Airplanes with propellers were invented a long time ago. After that, jet engines came into existence. My question is: why do we still have propeller engines? The reasons I can think of are: They are ...
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How does a Constant Speed Propeller work?

My explanation of how a constant speed propeller works has always been a little shaky. I know about the "speeder spring," "counter-weights," and how it utilizes the engine oil pressure, but I'd love ...
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Would connecting propeller blades with a continuous ring reduce induced drag?

Turbine engines are covered, which of course is to contain the process (just like a super/turbocharged engine is as soon as the air enters the intake). But it got me thinking, doesn't this also reduce ...
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What are the differences in aircraft performance between tractor and pusher propeller designs?

Some aircraft have pusher type propellers. In what ways is it different from a tractor type propeller? What's are the advantages and disadvantages over a tractor type.
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What's the difference between a two-blade prop and three-blade?

I read that a three blade can improve climb performance and decrease noise. How does that work?
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Do turboprop and piston engines perform differently at higher altitudes?

When flying at higher altitudes, does it matter if you have a turboprop vs a piston engine driving a propeller?
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What are the operational differences between an airplane equipped with a constant speed propeller and one with a fixed pitch propeller?

What makes a constant speed prop different from a fixed pitch prop, and what are the operational differences between airplanes with the two?