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June 2019 Issue

Flying Your Propeller

Converting fuel, noise and rotation into thrust.

Remember that propeller blades are airfoils moving in a plane different from and usually perpendicular to the direction of flight. As an airfoil, the amount of lift the blade creates when moving through the air depends on its angle of attack, and its angle of attack—plus drag—can depend on a variety of factors, including the airplane’s pitch attitude. Remember, too, that the outer portions of long prop blades move faster—they cover greater distance in the same amount of time—than shorter ones.

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