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6 Questions To See How Much You Know About V-Speeds

How well do you know your V-Speeds?


  1. 1) You're descending into an airport for landing. What is the fastest speed you can extend your flaps?
    Katie Inglis

    Vfe is the maximum flap extended speed.

    Vfe is the maximum flap extended speed.

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  2. 2) The point where the green and yellow arc meet is:
    Wikipedia

    Vno is the maximum structural cruising speed. Any speed above Vno should only be flown in smooth air.

    Vno is the maximum structural cruising speed. Any speed above Vno should only be flown in smooth air.

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  3. 3) If your aircraft's gross weight increases, your maneuvering speed (Va):
    gc232

    As gross weight increases, maneuvering speed also increases.

    As gross weight increases, maneuvering speed also increases.

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  4. 4) These two Cessna 172s take off from the exact same point on a runway. The airplanes are the exact same weight, with the same CG position. One climbs at Vx, the other at Vy. Which one will reach 1000' in the least amount of time?

    Vy is the best rate of climb speed, which means the Vy airplane will gain the most altitude in a given amount of time.

    Vy is the best rate of climb speed, which means the Vy airplane will gain the most altitude in a given amount of time.

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  5. 5) As aircraft weight is increased, stall speed in a landing configuration:
    Marcin Wichary

    As weight increases for an aircraft, stall speed (of any kind, Vs, Vso, etc.) also increases. This is why V speeds, like Vso, are calculated at the aircraft's maximum gross weight.

    As weight increases for an aircraft, stall speed (of any kind, Vs, Vso, etc.) also increases. This is why V speeds, like Vso, are calculated at the aircraft's maximum gross weight.

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  6. 6) What climb speed will give you the most altitude gain in the shortest horizontal distance?
    cfournie

    Vx gives you the greatest altitude gain in the shortest horizontal distance. That's why it's typically the recommended climb speed when you have an obstacle beyond the departure end of the runway.

    Vx gives you the greatest altitude gain in the shortest horizontal distance. That's why it's typically the recommended climb speed when you have an obstacle beyond the departure end of the runway.

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Well, nobody said it would be easy...just keep working at it.

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Nice work, you've got most of these V-Speeds down.

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When it comes to these V-Speeds, you're pretty much an expert.

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Colin Cutler

Colin is a Boldmethod co-founder, pilot and graphic artist. He's been a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota, an airline pilot on the CRJ-200, and has directed development of numerous commercial and military training systems. You can reach him at colin@boldmethod.com.

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