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Energy of Flight!
Computer Pilot (2005)
  • David Ison
Just about every pilot has either read about or been instructed upon the basics of flight. During this edification, it would be hard to ignore the amount of attention that is placed upon fundamental aerodynamics which typically involves a thorough briefing on the four forces: lift, weight, thrust and drag. Unfortunately, such lessons lack an important explanation of the dynamic nature of these forces which is directly related to variations in overall energy of an aircraft at a particular moment. Different types of energy are constantly being exchanged for one another throughout flight so that pilots can safely get from point A to point B. Without proper energy management, pilots can and, sadly, often do make "unintentional landings."
  • Flight safety,
  • flight training,
  • flight simlators,
  • flight simulation,
  • energy management during flight
Publication Date
June, 2005
Citation Information
David Ison. "Energy of Flight!" Computer Pilot Vol. 9 Iss. 6 (2005) p. 16 - 20 ISSN: 1324-7336
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