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How would you design an airplane to counteract a single engine’s left turning tendencies?

How would you design an airplane to counteract a single engine’s left turning tendencies caused by torque, p-factor, spiraling slipstream and gyroscopic precession without pilot input or use of rudder?...
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What is this high-wing single-engine plane performing a short landing?

Source: Shortest Landing!!! Severe Headwind! Aircraft hovers and vertically touches down! (YouTube) What is this high-wing single-engine plane performing a short landing?
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Can gliders and single-engine planes have vortices?

I read, A third physical explanation of the source of induced drag is that the wing tip vortices contain a certain amount of rotational kinetic energy. This energy has to come from somewhere; indeed, ...
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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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Can anyone identify the Make and Model of this nosed-over plane?

I've tried to identify this plane by the writing on the plate on the cowling but have been unable to match the logo, and when I've blown the size up the writing is unreadable. It looks something like ...
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Can anyone identify this pusher plane from apparently the 1930s?

I have performed two searches - a photo search and also an FAA NC number search and failed at both to identify this pusher airplane. My family photo says it was taken by my mother at the Chicago ...
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What is this aircraft parked in Oceanside Municipal Airport?

I was on my way to the beach at Oceanside on October 2020. On 4:32, I saw multiple Cessna or Beechcraft aircraft, as well as a Velocity V-Twin, on the runway of the Oceanside Municipal Airport. When I ...
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Has any pilot successfully flown through a hurricane with a single-engine prop plane? [closed]

Has any pilot successfully flown or could a pilot crab through a hurricane using a plane such as a Cessna or bi-plane? Would acrobatic planes work better because of their nimble agility and high power-...
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Can you ride a storm to save fuel?

Cargo sailboats, of the old, depended on wind direction. Like these ships, planes also save time by flying with the wind. On the extreme end, could a plane use storm fronts or hurricanes by flying in ...
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Is it feasible to add an aftermarket hydrofoil to a light aircraft?

Could long, aftermarket hydrofoils be added to the water-skids of a plane (like this Cessna with pontoons or smaller) Cessna 208 Caravan not designed to have a hydro foil, to increase its ability to ...
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Are there all terrain landing gears for planes?

Is there a landing gear set up that will allow a single engine plane (also, allowing for tundra tires than what is not available for current water skids) to land on rough grass and water? The wheels ...
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How are thermals mapped in real-time?

Related to "How thermals are found" this question about "Gliding your plane to save fuel" details how to use thermals to save fuel. To use thermals to maximize range, can thermals ...
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What are aerodynamical reasons behind slight dihedral or no dihedral at all? [duplicate]

Regarding general aviation single engine high wing aircrafts in particular, what are the reasons for some of them to have no dihedral at all on their wing, or slight positive dihedral angle for other? ...
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How do single engine airplanes handle changes in torque?

In multirotors, there is a regulation of torque from the rotors which keeps it stable. However, in single engine airplanes, there is only one engine with one propeller. How is the aircraft able to ...
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Does a left spin differ from a right spin for a single-engine propeller aircraft, in terms of spin characteristics & ease of recovery?

Given a single-engine propeller aircraft with its nose-mounted propeller rotating on the right-hand side when viewed from the cockpit, and given the typical effects like P-factor, prop-wash and ...
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Is it okay to purposely stall a small single-engine aircraft just before touch down to get a good flare?

I'm still learning ground theory and have only flown in simulators (P3D v3 Academic). For a long time, I've been trying to properly flare single engine aircraft but have mostly failed. I even watched ...
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Is any convention to tell the propeller rotation direction of an airplane?

Here are two airplane with single and dual engine. From single engine airplane we know there is TURN LEFT tendencies. There are four tendencies (Torque reaction, Precession, Slip Stream, and P-Factor)...
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What is the most 'environmentally friendly' way to learn to fly?

As this question indicates, I've been thinking recently about the environmental impact of flying (since when automated cars are the only means of ground transport, aviation will be responsible for ...
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Is an Aileron Roll Easier Done Opposite The Rotation Of The Plane's Propeller?

We all know helicopters have tail rotors because they would spin out of control thanks to Newton's third law. That got me thinking, would a single propeller plane have an easier time doing an Aileron ...
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Will we ever see a single-engined airliner? [closed]

Given the trend in the industry to move towards aircraft with two engines, could it ever occur that we see an aircraft manufacturer develop an airliner with just one? I'm suspecting the answer is no, ...
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Where can I find data on the number of single propeller aircraft currently in operation in the EU and US?

Are there publicly available data for aircraft registered in operation? Specifically I am looking for number of single propeller aircraft in US/EU, ideally with aircraft types as well. However, any ...
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Are there any data on the safety rate of gliders vs single-engine GA aircraft?

Can anyone point me to statistics on the safety record of gliders vs. single engine general aviation aircraft?
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Would propellers be more efficient if they were mounted at the rear of the aircraft? [duplicate]

The propellers of a front-mounted propeller plane push air back directly on a collision course with the aircraft's body. That results in zero thrust or negative thrust from at least some sections of ...
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Are the items in newbie "kits" actually used during or after training?

I want to start training for my Private certificate but I do not want to waste my money. I'm already purchasing an online course for ground school. Generally speaking, are the following used during ...
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What are the "Start & Acc" and "Pitch stab" circuit breakers for on the Piper Dakota?

I am learning to fly a piper dakota and I found two circuit breakers for which I can't find an explanation: Start & Acc circuit breaker. I understand that 'Start' is for the starter. What does '...
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Why not leave an electric fuel pump on all the time?

This question is related to single-engined piston airplanes equipped with an electric fuel pump like the Piper Dakota/Arrow etc. The POH states that the fuel pump should be switched on for takeoffs/...
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Guidelines for using a constant speed/adjustable pitch propeller

I have been trained in a single engine fixed pitch prop ( C152). I'm trying to move to Piper Arrow II which has an adjustable pitch propeller. I understand how constant speed propellers work. I'm ...
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Is it common for a cold reciprocating engine to stop at idle?

The other day I started the engine of a PA28 and put it at 1200 RPM as per the checklist but the sound didn't seem right - so I tried each magneto and the power dropped a lot on one of them. I then ...
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What would happen if a Cessna flew into a power line?

When I was going through my private pilot training, I asked my instructor what would happen if a Cessna flew into a power line. His response was that the power line would go through the single engine ...
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Why aren't there any single turbofan airliner?

A configuration which looks like a DC-10, without engines mounted under the wings. Let's say 737 sized. Let's forget about redundancy security advantages of twin or quad engines, since they're ...
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How was the rotation direction decided for single engine propeller craft? [duplicate]

Spitfire, FW-190, Ki-43... was it selected arbitrarily to spin counter-clockwise?
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At what age does a regularly maintained airframe most commonly start needing frequent repairs?

I am looking to buy a Cessna 182. I am trying to work out the sweet spot between age and price. I am looking for a plane that will be really reliable. I am looking to spend several months flying ...
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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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Why is the nose landing gear of a Rutan Vari Eze up during parking?

I recently saw a Rutan Vari Eze parked at the airport and I was wondering why the nose landing was up during parking. How does it work for a pilot to get in? Can the pilot put down the landing gear ...
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Is this the first single-engine helicopter clean-sheet design since 1976?

An upstart in the helicopter business, Marenco Swisshelicopter, claim their SKYe SH09 is: “the first single-engine helicopter designed with a clean sheet of paper” since 1976. If you compare ...
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Why doesn't a single engine airplane rotate along the longitudinal axis? [duplicate]

As far as I know, the tail rotor in helicopters prevents the aircraft from turning in the opposite direction that the main blades turn (due to Newton's third law). On the other hand, torque in single-...
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How does the safety record of the twin piston Diamond DA-42 compare to the single piston DA-40?

Its fairly well known that the Diamond DA-40 has one of the smallest fatality rates of any GA plane. The Diamond DA-42 is a twin engine aircraft with a very similar design to the DA-40. Now, it has ...
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Why would a pilot ask the tower to turn the VASI off?

This past Saturday I was taking off from runway 22 at Catalina Airport (IATA: AVX) when I heard on radio a GA pilot requesting the tower to turn off VASI after requesting weather advisory. I did not ...
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Is a single engine failure on the HondaJet recoverable?

Is it possible to recover from a single engine failure at cruising altitude on the HondaJet and safely land the aircraft?
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Is it safe and effective to have "glider pilot mentality" when landing single-engine fixed-wing aircraft?

I am a low-time pilot, of approximately 200 hours. I trained on the DA20 and DA40, designs that are derived from the Diamond touring motor glider design(s) of the early 1990s. I anticipate getting my ...
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What do you do when your engine quits right when the airplane starts off the ground?

This has been one of my fears in flying (a plane the size of Cessna 152). I sort of know what to do when the engine quits on you when you are a few hundred feet off the ground, although it is ...
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Why would the fuel pressure decrease during a climb?

When performing a climb in a SIAI-Marchetti SF.260 with a Lycoming engine, the fuel pressure decreased. Why would that happen?
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What is the most efficient way to get your instrument rating?

For someone that has recently completed their private pilot SEL, what would be the suggested next steps/process to getting instrument rated as efficiently as possible (both time and money)?
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What are the pros and cons of single-engine vs. twin-engine?

Why would someone prefer to own a single-engine vs. a twin-engine airplane? What are the pros and cons of each?
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Can single engine planes glide from a falling position?

Near the end of the 50s Sci-Fi movie This Island Earth, the protagonist is escaping from a flying saucer which is crashing to Earth. As he was abducted while flying a plane (specifically a Stinson 108-...
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Could you use radial blowers to propel a model aircraft?

I was inspired by stealth planes like the Boeing Phantom Ray: I'd like to make a model aircraft that's as thin as possible, and has integral engines that are not visible from the outside. I have been ...
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Is it considered good or bad practice to raise the flaps right after touchdown?

This question is about light, tricycle, single engine aircraft. I have made it a habit to raise the flaps right after touchdown (when the nosewheel is on the ground). My instructor used to do that ...
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Is it even remotely feasible to turnback a single engine aircraft with an engine failure?

Note before reading further that I'm asking this question purely on theoretical grounds, though you are more than welcome to talk about practical aspects as well. Now, my question. It's common ...
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How dangerous is flying in a single-engine plane?

Some people consider flying small planes very dangerous. Just how dangerous is it to fly in a light single-engine plane? For example, how does the fatality rate compare to driving a car, riding a ...
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Does adding a motorized fan to a hot air balloon change its class as an aircraft?

I have seen fans like these for use in ballooning and glider propulsion. Does adding one of these change the definition of the flight vehicle? e.g. is it No longer a balloon, but now an aircraft? ...
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