Aircraft Performance

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Performance characteristics and capabilities vary greatly among aircraft. As transport aircraft become more capable and more complex, most operators find themselves having to rely increasingly on computerized flight mission planning systems. These systems may be on board or used during the planning phase of the flight. Moreover, aircraft weight, atmospheric conditions, and external environmental factors can significantly affect aircraft performance. It is essential that a pilot become intimately familiar with the mission planning programs, performance characteristics, and capabilities of the aircraft being flown, as well as all of the onboard computerized systems in today’s complex aircraft. The primary source of this information is the AFM/POH.


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William Kershner's Student Pilot's Flight Manual - A ground school textbook, maneuvers manual, and syllabus, all rolled into one. This manual includes detailed references to maneuvers and procedures, and is fully illustrated with the author’s own drawings. It's a must-have for all student pilots and flight instructors. This manual covers all you need to know for your first flight, presolo, the post-solo maneuvers, cross-country and night flying.