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Quiz: So, You Think You Know Your V-Speeds?

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There's a lot of them. Let's see if you can get 100%.


  1. 1) What speed is defined as the stall speed in landing configuration (full flaps and gear)?

    Vso is the stall speed in landing configuration (full flaps and landing gear down).

    Vso is the stall speed in landing configuration (full flaps and landing gear down).

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  2. 2) Your examiner asks you to define Vx speed. So you tell them...

    Vx is defined as your best angle-of-climb speed. This speed gives you the maximum excess thrust and allows you to achieve the greatest altitude gain within the shortest distance.

    Vx is defined as your best angle-of-climb speed. This speed gives you the maximum excess thrust and allows you to achieve the greatest altitude gain within the shortest distance.

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  3. 3) ________ is the speed at which you, after an engine failure, can continue to accelerate, rotate and reach a height of ________ above the takeoff surface, within the computed Accelerate-Go distance.

    V1 is the speed at which you, after an engine failure, can continue to accelerate, rotate and reach a height of 35' above the takeoff surface at V2 airspeed, within the computed Accelerate-Go distance. 

    V1 is the speed at which you, after an engine failure, can continue to accelerate, rotate and reach a height of 35' above the takeoff surface at V2 airspeed, within the computed Accelerate-Go distance. 

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  4. 4) The maximum flaps extended speed is indicated how?

    The maximum flaps extended speed is indicated as 'Vfe'.

    The maximum flaps extended speed is indicated as 'Vfe'.

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  5. 5) Define V1.

    V1 is the takeoff decision speed. It's the fastest speed where the pilot must take the first action to reject a takeoff so that the aircraft will come to a stop within the calculated Accelerate-Stop distance. It's also the minimum speed during the takeoff where, following the failure of the critical engine, the pilot can continue the takeoff and reach 35 feet above the takeoff surface at V2 airspeed, within the computed Accelerate-Go distance.

    V1 is the takeoff decision speed. It's the fastest speed where the pilot must take the first action to reject a takeoff so that the aircraft will come to a stop within the calculated Accelerate-Stop distance. It's also the minimum speed during the takeoff where, following the failure of the critical engine, the pilot can continue the takeoff and reach 35 feet above the takeoff surface at V2 airspeed, within the computed Accelerate-Go distance.

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  6. 6) Name that V-speed: The speed at which you will stall before you cause structural damage only if you deflect a single flight control, in one direction, in smooth air.

    If you are at or below maneuvering speed, you will stall before you cause structural damage as long as only a single flight control is moved, in one direction, in smooth air.

    If you are at or below maneuvering speed, you will stall before you cause structural damage as long as only a single flight control is moved, in one direction, in smooth air.

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Corey Komarec

Corey is an Embraer 175 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota, and he's been flying since he was 16. You can reach him at corey@boldmethod.com.

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