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That's easy. Just push the nose down a teensy bit. (or rather, pull the nose up less.) That will reduce AoA, reduce lift slightly, prevent you from climbing and will hold altitude. "But then, we'll speed up!" Correct. So, reduce thrust as needed. Another option is to intentionally climb. Then, you enjoy the fuel economy benefit of higher altitude. ...


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As pointed out in other responses, there are many factors that influence how and why an aircraft will need constant adjustments made to maintain speed and altitude while cruising. You are correct in assuming that as the mass decreases as you burn off fuel, there will be less lift required to counteract gravity. It will also take less thrust to counteract ...


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