Finding Maneuvering Speed At Light Weights

The math quickly gets too complicated for the cockpit, but the rule of thumb works well at typical weights.

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A common FAA knowledge test question goes like, “Which of these speeds is not found on the airspeed indicator?” The answer is usually design maneuvering speed, also known as VA. Many students might then wonder why it is not found on the airspeed indicator along with other important V speeds such as VNE and VFE. Perhaps […]
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