Pete Kirkham
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Do aircraft have accelerometers?
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When I worked in the industry in the early 2000s, Eurofighters had g-sensors recording during flight, and put you into a different engine service regime above a certain limit. There was a matching ...

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What is the definining line between a helicopter and a drone a person can ride in?
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When I say drone in this context I don't mean an unmanned aircraft. Drones are unmanned aircraft which can receive flight path control (rather than controls directly affecting the control surfaces/...

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Has there been an aircraft with multiple type of engines?
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The engines must generate power using completely different mechanisms. If you allow your two engines to be to be built stacked one after the other, then fast jets such as Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird ...

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Can a wing generate lift in excess of its aircraft's weight?
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A kite is a simple aircraft, generating lift. The vertical component of the pull you feel on the string is any resultant lift greater than the weight of the aircraft, the horizontal component being ...

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Does lift equal weight in level flight?
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You also forgot thrust. Particularly with vectored thrust at slow speed, you can get level flight with a high angle of attack/thrust vector and most of the weight is counteracted by thrust. e.g. this ...

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Is there an aviation career where I would help design an entire aircraft and its systems?
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At one step remove, technical computing. Over the four years I in technical computing at BAE SYSTEMS, I was helping design: Operational research simulation Observe Orient Decide Act loops Sensor ...

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