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How it’s done: Guide to landing a light plane

Step 1 – Look at instruments in sequence. Start with the airspeed indicator. Then use the attitude indicator to calculate plane’s position in relation to the horizon. The brown on the dial represents the earth and the blue

Why did Concorde fly at 60,000 feet, while normal jets fly at 30,000?

Writer:  Paul Tomblin, Private Pilot, ASEL-IA, High Performance and Complex, currently inactive Concorde had a maximum cruise altitude of 18,300 meters (60,039 ft) and an average cruise speed of Mach 2.02, about 1155 knots (2140 km/h or 1334 mph),

How A Jet Engine Starts

Jet engines are usually a lot easier to start than a prop. And the process is pretty simple. It comes down to lots of air under pressure, some fuel, and boom, you’re lit. The tough part is

aircraft engine starter

Spring starter A Spring Starter uses potential energy stored in a spring wound up with a crank to start an engine without a battery or alternator. Turning the crank moves the pinion into mesh with the engine’s