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AvFacts #7: Pursuits, Overshoots, and Reversals
Lead pursuit, pure pursuit, and lag pursuit make up part of the bread and butter of basic fighter maneuvers, or dogfighting. In this episode, learn what these are and how they can lead to overshoots and reversals, which can turn the tables of a dogfight.
AvFacts #6: Engine Failures on Takeoff
An engine failure or fire during the takeoff roll is a critical emergency — the pilot has to make a split-second decision whether to “stop,” and abort the takeoff, or “go,” and take the problem into the air. To ensure the pilot makes the right decision, a whole bunch of planning goes into that stop-or-go decision. On today’s episode we look at all the planning involved in minimizing the hazards of an emergency on the takeoff roll.
AvFacts #5: Gyroscopes
Gyroscopes have been a critical part of instrument flying in aviation. Without them, aircraft would have no safe way to fly in clouds or poor visibility. Today we learn about the three gyroscopic instruments in an airplane’s instrument panel, how they work, and what the future holds for gyroscopes in aviation.
AvFacts #4: Close air support and the 9-line
Close air support is one of the most challenging air-to-ground missions a pilot can perform. Unlike an in-and-out strike mission, CAS missions require the pilot to be over a hostile area for a long period of time, ready to provide air support when needed. The risk of confusion, miscommunication, and friendly fire is also very high. To prevent this, CAS missions are highly procedural, using a standard 9-line briefing. In today’s episode, we will learn about the procedures, risks, and...
AvFacts #3: Cost Index
When airline pilots decide how fast to fly, it all comes down to one number: the cost index. An airliner’s flight management computer (FMC) uses this number in a lot of ways to calculate climb speed, cruise speed, and descent speed. On this episode, we learn how cost index is calculated why airlines fly their planes at the speeds they do.
AvFacts #2: Hydroplaning
On today’s episode we take a look at hydroplaning (sometimes called “aquaplaning”). We learn the three different types of hydroplaning, how they occur, what pilots can do about it, and some other associated hazards.
AvFacts #1: The DLZ
The dynamic launch zone (DLZ) is a launch envelope that helps fighter pilots predict whether their missiles will hit their targets. Learn about the elements of the DLZ and get a glimpse into beyond-visual-range missile tactics in this inaugural episode of AvFacts.