CPL/IFR Seminar 9: Flying by the Numbers

Flight Profile

For this exercise – flying by the numbers – the scenario is a normal flight:

  • takeoff
  • climb
  • cruise
  • descent
  • approach

Later we can elaborate, adding flap and gear to the approach phase, for example.

Why Fly by the Numbers?

P + P = PP (Pitch + Power = Predictable Performance)

  1. Is flying by the numbers a widely recognized technique?
  2. Does it apply to all aircraft types?
  3. Why not just fly the appropriate IAS?
  4. What is the easiest way to fly an accurate IAS?

Is the power constant when you are Flying by the Numbers?

  1. What about climb?
  2. What about descent? What happens to the power as you descend? Why?
  3. What about approach?

Is the attitude constant when you are Flying by the Numbers?

  1. What about climb? What happens to the attitude as you climb? Why?
  2. What about descent?
  3. What about approach?

Can you take the Flying by the Numbers technique with you to a new type?

  1. What remains the same?
  2. What is different?
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