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

Bonus points if you get the last question right!


  1. 1) If your aircraft's gross weight increases, your maneuvering speed (Va):
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    As gross weight increases, maneuvering speed also increases.

    As gross weight increases, maneuvering speed also increases.

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  2. 2) 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?
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    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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  3. 3) You're descending for landing. What's the fastest speed you can extend your flaps?
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    Vfe is the maximum flap extended speed.

    Vfe is the maximum flap extended speed.

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  4. 4) The point where the green and yellow arc meet is:
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    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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  5. 5) If your airplane's weight increases, stall speed in a landing configuration:
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    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 speed gives you the most excess thrust?

    An aircraft climbs because of excess thrust (force) or excess power. Vx is your best angle of climb speed, and also where you have the most excess thrust.

    An aircraft climbs because of excess thrust (force) or excess power. Vx is your best angle of climb speed, and also where you have the most excess thrust.

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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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