Maneuvering speed is affected by the weight of the airplane.
If the plane is at max gross weight, it has a better, higher, maneuvering speed.
Conversely at a lower weight maneuvering speed is lower, meaning that you need to fly slower to get safely below maneuvering speed.
Yes, this is one of the few aircraft performance speeds that actually improves with a higher weight! Continue reading “Maneuvering Speed Part 2: Determining Maneuvering Speed for your Plane.”
What is Maneuvering Speed?
In general, it is a speed at which it is safe to maneuver the airplane. Once you exceed this speed you could damage the aircraft by using full control deflections.
There is a lot more to it though. Continue reading “Maneuvering Speed Part 1: Avoiding Structural Failure”
Airplane manufacturers have done a lot of work carefully testing their planes to find out how they perform. It is important to become familiar with their findings to improve safety and performance. Vx and Vy are very important speeds to understand. Continue reading “Vx and Vy”
Taxiing with wind
When taxiing in the wind you need to pay special attention to the direction of the wind in relation to your plane.
There are two basic rules to remember. Continue reading “Crosswind Taxi”
This question is as old as flight simulation itself. From the earliest computer simulations of flying it has been considered a fun pastime for some and a serious training tool for others.
People on both sides of the discussion have strong feelings about this and I suspect that not everyone will like my answer. Continue reading “Is it a Simulator or a Game?”
Departing from a short field is an important skill for any pilot. There is a standard procedure to follow and plenty of factors to consider.
The procedure to depart from a short field can be found in the Pilot’s Operating Handbook for the aircraft. However, it will go something like the following for most light aircraft. Continue reading “Short Field Takeoff”
I’m excited to give away a Cessna 172 Reality Expansion pack by SimCoders. This is an excellent plane made for X-Plane 11. Watch the video below for a review of the plane and enter to win by joining my mailing list. Just scroll to the box that says “Schaefer Flight in your inbox!” and enter your email address.
Upon joining the mailing list you will be notified of new posts as they come out. As a CFI with 10 years of experience teaching students, my goal is to help you bring real world flying into the sim. I won’t give away your email address and you can unsubscribe anytime.
The drawing for this plane will be on April 2nd 2018.
Even if you don’t win, this mailing list will be used for all future airplane giveaways and you will be automatically entered into those as well. Continue reading “XP11 SimCoders C172 REP Giveaway”
No airport is officially declared to be a short field because a field that might be short for a 747 could be very long for a Piper Cub. Every airplane is different. Continue reading “What is a short field?”
Turns are more complex than they look. There are a few things to do in a turn and they are all very important.
An airplane turns by banking to the side. This bank allows some of the lift from the wing to pull the airplane in the direction of the turn.
But there is more to it. In fact, turning an airplane requires simultaneous use of the ailerons, rudder, and elevator controls. Continue reading “Turns”
One of the most basic operations in flight is making a change in altitude. Learning how to manage your energy in a climb or descent is an important basic skill for every pilot to master.
How to Climb
Just pull back to climb, right? WRONG! Continue reading “Climbing and Descending”