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The intensity of heat found in an object or living thing.

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How do airports in hot climates handle extremely high temperatures?

In June 2017 dozens of flights were cancelled in Phoenix, Arizona because of temperatures exceeding 120 degrees Fahrenheit/48.9 degrees Celsius.1,2 Hot air at a given air pressure is less dense, ...
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If you depressurize an aircraft at FL340, will the temperature inside fall to match the temperature outside?

Assuming you’d have an oxygen mask on before hand, and you depressurized the aircraft at FL340, would the inside and outside temperatures quickly become the same?
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How does latitude affect the air temperature at 8 km altitude where planes fly?

Is the air temperature (at 8km) above the North or South poles colder than the same altitude above the equator? Why? Ground level air temperature difference between coldest and warmest places on ...
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Why and how do atmospheric properties sometimes vary from the ISA? [closed]

I'm curious as to why sometimes atmospheric properties don't match the ISA's. One reason I am considering is due to calibration discrepancies. By atmospheric properties I mean temperature, Density, ...
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How can I calculate turbofan efficiency as a function of turbine inlet temperature?

I know that increasing the turbine inlet temperature (TIT) increases the overall efficiency of the jet engine. So I wanted to find the overall efficiency as a function of TIT. I used the equations ...
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What are the equation linking static air temperature with true airspeed & altitude?

If I want to calculate static air temperature (OAT), but I'm only given an altitude and a true airspeed. Is there such an equation that relates these principles together. I've had a look at wikipedia ...
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How to compute the change in static temperature using only altitude?

I'm given an initial altitude of FL290 in ISA conditions, and the aircaft is said to climb to reach FL310. How can I use this to calculate the change in static temperature between the two flight ...
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Why Apollo 11 was launched in summer? (Performance question) [closed]

The question could seems stupid, but i think that best moment to launch a rocket is when temperature is lowest in order to achieve the best performance in a reaction engine. I do not know if there is ...
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What are some of the differences between piston engines used in aircraft and automobiles?

What are some of the differences between piston engines used in aircraft and automobiles? It seems aircraft engines are much more expensive, I imagine some of that cost must be due to the more ...
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Can an S-duct fit a turbofan exhaust instead of the intake?

Can an S-duct fit a turbofan exhaust instead of the intake? The idea here is to merge 2 exhausts into one at the exact center of the tail. This would be for twin-engine aircraft that have both engines ...
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What is the reason for setting flaps 1 on the ground at high temperatures?

Yesterday I've seen an A320 standing at the gate with flaps 1. While this question answers, why the flaps should be up, is there any reason to retract the flaps to 1 instead of up? In addition it ...
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Does Nitrogen inside commercial airliner wheels prevent blowouts on touchdown?

I just watched the first episode of Inside Mighty Machine where civil engineer-turned-host, Chad Zdenek, discussed innovations of the 747. One innovation he discussed was the increased number of ...
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Who controls the cabin air temperature?

I understand the B737-800 has two air conditioning packs that handle the temperature of three zones: the cockpit, the fwd cabin and the aft cabin. I understand that which pack is turned on is ...
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Do jet engine exhausts usually glow orange?

In these two lovely images: Source: Wikimedia Commons Source: wvi.com The exhaust end of the engines are glowing bright orange from being so hot. Do they get that hot during normal flight ...
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What is the typical temperature of an airliner's hull during flight?

Some high-speed military aircraft like the SR-71 had real heating problems, but airliners also travel almost at the speed of sound, use most of their fuel to make up for frictional losses, so I would ...
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How do fast-flying aircraft avoid overheating?

As a follow-up question to What is the typical temperature of an airliner's hull during flight? I wonder how very fast airplanes, such as the SR-71 mentioned, avoid overheating with a total air ...
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What's the formula to calculate static air temperature?

What's the formula to calculate external temperature (static temperature) of an aircraft, given that I have Mach, TAS and altitude? Since I don't know the formula, I tried to search on Google. But I ...
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What is Temperture of VSI and limits of accurate value?

Within a temperature range of +50C and -20C the VSI is Accurate to within limits of : A)+- 200 ft/min B)+- 0 ft/min c)+- 75 ft/min D)+- 300 ft/min
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How do aircraft keep fuel from freezing while in flight?

On aircraft which fly above 30,000 feet, the temperature can often can get to temperatures below Jet-A's freezing point. For example: at 36,000 feet the standard outside air temperature is -56.5°C (-...
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Is there an ideal air temperature for best performance in a light aircraft?

I know cold air is better for engine performance in general, colder air is also denser making lift components stronger(from what I understand). I was just wondering if there is a temperature or a ...
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Why can't Norwegian's Boeing 787 operate from Vegas during hot weather?

In a German news article it was stated that the additional weight (Norwegian puts 291 passengers on their 787-8) leads to operations restrictions in Las Vegas when temperature conditions exceed 40°C. ...
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Why is the relation of height and temperature different when calculating altitude?

I'm trying to grasp the essence of altitude calculations. One thing I can't figure out in my head is this: In the International Standard Atmosphere (ISA) the temperature of the air decreases with the ...
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Why is extreme cold weather a challenge at airports, since jets operate at extreme cold conditions in flight?

Wondering what specifically the issues are. Obviously, taking off and landing have more 'moving parts' but more curious about the actual extreme cold. I assume the operating temperatures at cruise ...
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What is the standard temperature used in this true altitude equation?

The control tower of a certain airport with true altitude of 2000ft informs the pilot that QNH is 900hPa and the temperature at the airport is -10 degrees Celsius. The airplane is at FL300 (vertically ...
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What effect does cold weather have on helicopter performance?

Recently I was flying around my RC helicopter on a 40 $^\circ$F (4$^\circ$C). At some point in the flight the rotor just stopped moving in mid-air and then I regained control back at ground level. I ...
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Is it legal to fly GA aircraft in temperatures above what is shown on the performance charts?

Most Cessna aircraft have performance charts the range from 0 to 40 Celsius. I've had a CFI tell me that the FARs prohibit flight if the OAT exceeds 40C or whatever is shown on the performance charts. ...
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How is pressure related to air density?

This is confusing to me: Since pressure increases with temperature (I don't know why), how can air density decrease with temperature. In a hot day then pressure would increase and air density ...
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Why do wings of passenger jet go dark during a flight?

Why do certain areas on passenger jet wings go dark during a flight? This effect is observed on high altitude where temperature is low. When airplane descends, wings return to their initial color. ...
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Why do brushless motors heat up? [closed]

I would like to know what makes a brushless motor heat up. I'm aware of the problems generating the high temperature such as wire contact problems or overloaded motors. I want to know what makes a ...
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What is the operating temperarature of a scram jet at its theoretical maximum speed?

What is the operating temperature of a scram jet at its theoretical maximum speed of Mach 24? For those with access to a simulator and do such simulators exist and are they possible? Given this ...
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Where is the mistake in this air density calculation?

I intend to compute the air density, $\rho$ at an altitude of $h=15000ft=4572m$, with an ISA deviation of $\Delta_{ISA}=18^{\circ} F=10\,K$. Well I first computed the real temperature of the air at $...
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When temperature increases what happens to the air molecules and aircraft while landing and takeoff during hot weather? [closed]

Just out of curiosity on a hot weather with temperature increases what happens to the air molecules and aircraft during landing and takeoff?
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Can heat from the engine inlet be used to produce thrust?

As the engine inlet temperature increases, Is more heat energy provided by air? if yes then can we utilize that heat energy to produce more thrust?
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How to calculate outside air temperature at a certain altitude?

I am a PPL student and working on the cross-country planning. Let's say the OAT is -13º @ 6000', how to calculate the OAT @ 7000'?
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Temperature of airplane while flying? [duplicate]

When the air-plane reaches to the altitude of about 12,000 m or so, the airplane's outside cover is very cold due to the air temperature or very hot due to the friction? Or it depends on different ...
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Does an increase in inlet temperature affect fuel flow and power output?

The fuel flow rate decreases as the inlet temperature of the air entering the engine increases. Will the engine produce same amount of power as when the fuel flow was higher?
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Can commercial airliners fly over central Antarctica during winter?

For example, if an airline decided they wanted to run year round flights on the great circle from Perth to Buenos Aires with a commercial airliner (e.g. A380 or B747), would they be able to do so? Or ...
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Are there typical values of pitot-static and TAT probe measurement uncertainties?

I'm working on flight sensors for a project and I'm supposed to model noise in the Static Port, Pitot tube, and TAT probe measurements. I looked a lot for it online and could not get a convincing ...
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Am I correctly calculating the density altitude?

I came across the following question while studying for the FAA PPL written test: Determine the density altitude for these conditions: Altimeter setting: 30.35 Runway temperature: +25°F ...
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Why do different aircraft have different maximum operating temperatures?

I was reading this Wired article about the recent Phoenix heat grounding some jets. It's a great read on why heat is detrimental to lift, but it raises a point it never answers (emphasis mine) ...
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Is there a maximum or minimum temperature for take-off and landing?

Is there a maximum or minimum temperature that a plane can take off or land at?
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What is the temperature of intake air at several speed of sound intervals from 1x to 10x?

I watched a YouTube movie about Reaction Engines development of the Sabre engine which main feature is cooling intake air. However, I cannot find an overview of the temperature of intake air at ...
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What is the temperature at the center of a gas turbine disc?

I realize that it varies with the temperature at the inlet of the turbine, materials, dimensions, etc. But I would be interested in knowing an orientative value. For example, for a turbine which has ...
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What is the difference between OAT, RAT, TAT, and SAT?

When I first started flying jet aircraft, I found different instruments that measure temperature in different ways and it was quite confusing. What is the difference between Outside Air Temperature,...
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What is the temperature of the air leaving the combustion chamber of a CFM56-5C?

What is the temperature of the air leaving the combustion chamber of a CFM56-5C? I was wondering as I could only find out that the fuel burns at around 1500 Celsius but this can't be the same as the ...
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How can OAT and SAT differ?

From YouTube. I always thought SAT (Static Air Temperature) and OAT (Outside Air Temperature) were the same thing. So does this answer, so does Wikipedia: [The] outside air temperature (OAT) or ...
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What is the relationship between temperature, dew point and the formation of clouds?

What can you infer from the temperature / dew point values in this METAR? EGJG 121630Z 09012KT 9999 SCT006 15/14 Q1015 I understand the temperature is 15 degrees and the dew point is 14, and I ...
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What sort of issues related to extreme heat (115°F, 46°C plus) would prevent takeoffs or landings?

I recently flew into and out of McCarran Airport Las Vegas (LAS) and a local told me that they never report the air temperature at the airport above 115°F (46°C) because the FAA does not allow ...
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Can the ECS work in an unpressurized cabin?

Can you control the cabin temperature if the cabin is unpressurized? What if the "cabin" isn't really that big, like a fighter aircraft? For example, could I cruise in comfort at 20,000 ft in an ...
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Is airframe heating a concern at subsonic speeds?

It is a well-established fact that airframe and skin heating due to air friction is a significant concern with supersonic aircraft. However, below Mach 1 (i.e. typical commercial aircraft flights ...