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  • It seems that you would use full power for takeoffs, but when I have heard of airline pilots using less than full power on takeooff. Wouldn't it be safer to use full throttle?

  • Full flaps on takeoff flyingfisch

    Are full flaps ever used on takeoff? One flying book I read strongly discouraged anything more than quarter flaps on most planes due to the amount of drag produced. I was just wondering if there are any scenarios where full flaps might be necessary.

  • Right after take off 1-2 minutes into flight I get this stomach drop "roller coaster" feeling for split second. It freaks people out thinking they are about to crash! Why is that??

  • If I understand correctly, when a plane transitions from takeoff roll to being airborne, it is not something that happens "by itself" when the airspeed is high enough, but is caused by deliberate pilot input somehow. Which control surfaces are involved in causing the plane to lift off? Is it an ordinary nose-up movement of the elevators? That is, the elevators create negative lift that pushes the tailplane down, which makes the entire aircraft pivot around the main gear and increases the wings' AoA enough to create lift that takes the plane off the ground. Or is it something that increases

  • From take-off performance calculations I remember that the take-off and initial climb was expressed in a number of segments. Each segment had its own performance requirements. I presume they are descr...

  • There are a number of different ways of taking off with a powerless hang glider, the most commonly used being either running down a hill or jumping off a cliff/platform. This is how I learned to hang ...

  • Is there a reason a pilot would takeoff downwind or land downwind? Is it legal to do this?

  • Is it legal for planes to takeoff and land in zero visibility? Is it safe?

  • Under what conditions do I need to have a takeoff alternate airport listed on a dispatch release? How far away can my takeoff alternate airport be? Do I need to worry about this in part 91 operations or is it just a 121/135 thing?

  • This is what I know: $V_1$ is the takeoff airspeed after which the aircraft must take off, no matter what happens after $V_1$ has been reached. That's the easy part (I think). $V_R$ is the rotation airspeed Are there any other $V$-speeds? What I'm specifically curious about: Is $V_1$ related to runway length? Is there an absolute maximum $V_1$ for each aircraft type? If so, can it vary based on conditions (takeoff weight, density altitude, etc.) Are there circumstances where $V_1$ is higher than $V_R$? If so, does that mean that $V_1$ is never called on a normal takeoff

  • I remember back in the 90's that commercial planes would line up on the runway, stop, apply full power and then release the brake to take off. Now I've been on flight where they've literally rolled f...

  • Suppose the max crosswind rated for my C-182 is 15kts, but the wind is directly across and gusting to 20kts. Is it legal for me to go? I've heard plenty hangar flying stories of many an operation tha...

  • The reason for my arguments here are (assuming that you have sufficient runway distance): That with less thrust, less force should also be required to hold the aircraft as desired, and possibly the a...

  • A previous question pondered the legality and safety of low visibility Part 91 takeoffs. I am wondering about the requirements for low visibility takeoff for commercial airline operators (e.g. Part-121 scheduled operations). I know of authorizations for operators down to 600 RVR (though I believe I recall 300 RVR for one carrier out of DEN), and various requirements for other increments below standard takeoff minima. My question is: Which RVR are authorized and what ground equipment requirements need to be met to use them? What authorizes (regulation? op spec?) these reduced visibility

  • In 1963, the C-130 was tested by the US Navy for air carrier operations. Have there been any other comparable or larger aircraft that have landed and taken off from the deck of an aircraft carrier? B...

  • There are two sides I've heard when taking off in a Cessna 182 or other small airplane with a normally aspirated engine driving a constant speed propeller: As soon as your wheels are off the gr...

  • How does autobrake work? Gabriel Brito

    An autobrake is a type of automatic wheel-based hydraulic brake system for advanced airplanes. The autobrake is normally enabled during takeoff and landing procedures, when the aircraft's longitudinal deceleration system can be handled by the automated systems of the aircraft itself in order to keep the pilot free to perform other tasks - Wikipedia How does the aircraft "know" when is time to activate the autobrake systems on a rejected takeoff and landing? Does it apply full brake to all the aircraft's wheels? Is it really used by commercial jets?

  • Something I noticed while flying - while on takeoff it feels as if the plane is tilting upwards even though the plane is clearly still on the ground with all sets of landing gear. Does the nose gear extend immediately upon acceleration to perhaps generate more lift? Or maybe it's just an illusion caused by the acceleration. (I've only noticed this on large aircraft - like for example: Airbus A320 or Boeing 737.)

  • Watching a video entitled Airbus A330 Takeoff Sidestick View, there appears to be a lot of side-to-side movement of the sidestick, as well as a lot of pushing the nose down: I was under the impression that movements on the control column should be smooth and not erratic — what is the reason for the side-to-side movement? As far as I can see on the MFDs, there is no heading change prior to 02:50 (which appears to be done by the A/P anyway). Is it turbulence? Also, what is the reason for pushing the nose down? Is the plane naturally trying to pull up at too high of an angle