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There are some aircraft that indeed have just power lever and set the RPM on schedule, e.g. the Pilatus PC-7, PC-9, PC-21 line of trainers. Since they are primarily designed for training future jet pilots, and jet aircraft only have power levers, it makes sense to skip the complexity of separate propeller and condition controls. However normally there are ...


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A constant-speed prop lets the pilot select the speed setpoint for the prop/engine system with the prop control. With that control in the full-forward (fine pitch) position, full throttle applied to the engine will result in the engine revving up to its maximum rated RPM. Then adding pitch to the prop so as to load down the engine (at full throttle) will ...


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The most stable way to maintain a hover is center of mass below and center of drag above. What confuses many people is how a "pendulum" reacts while being accelerated, and how it reacts when air drag stops acceleration. Placing the center of drag above the CG is commonly seen on aircraft tails. This is one reason why "classic" aircraft ...


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