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Want To Fly A Jet? Here Are 6 Things To Start Studying

If you plan to transition into jet aircraft, there are a few things you need to get used to. Here are 6 things thing you should start studying first...

1) Coffin Corner

Most of us have never had to worry about exceeding VNE - especially in level flight. And in a piston airplane, VNE is about as far away from stall speed as you can get.

But, the same isn't true in a jet. Especially a subsonic one. At a jet's operating ceiling, its Maximum Mach Number (MMO) is often extremely close to its stall speed. And that region of flight is called the "Coffin Corner."

Watch the video below to find out more...

2) Jet Lag

When you transition from a low power setting to a high power setting, there's often a noticeable lag in power application.

Increased airflow must spool up the power turbines to increase power the engine generates.

3) How Emergencies Are Handled Differently

Unlike the engine failure in a light twin like a Piper Seminole, there are far fewer memory items you need to complete immediately during an emergency. For instance, during an engine fire in a twin Piper, you might identify and shutdown the affected engine with memory items. All without even pulling out a checklist.

In a jet, it's likely that you'll always pull out and reference each step of the shut down process when handling in-flight failures or fires.


4) V-1 Cuts

V1 is the maximum speed in the takeoff where the pilot can take the first action to abort and stop the aircraft within the "Accelerate Stop Distance". It's also the minimum speed in the takeoff where the pilot can continue the takeoff and meet the required height above the surface following an engine failure within the "Accelerate Go Distance."

Watch the video below to find out more...

5) CRM Skills

In crewed aircraft, over 70% of accidents are due to human error and group performance problems. CRM in complex multi-crew jet aircraft is especially important, because shared task loading is required to safely fly the airplane.

Click here to learn how you can use CRM on your next flight.


6) Start Procedures

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 getting enough compressed air.

Watch the video below to learn more...

There's a lot more you'll need to know before hopping into a jet, but these are some great ways to start learning.

Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and an Embraer 145 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), and is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He's the author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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