Flight mechanics – Propulsive balance and energy

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  • Equation of propulsion
    • First we will look at the physics at the origin of drag and thrust, and derive basic models and representations like the drag polar.
  • Flight regimes
    • We will see here how the airspeed chosen to fly a stabilized phase of flight, like climb, final approach, or cruise, affects the behavior of the airplane, and why certain speeds are optimal for a given phase.
  • Cruise performance
    • Our main subject here is the distance we can fly with a given payload and fuel quantity, and how it relates with the design and operational characteristics of the airplane.