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Aircraft Performance Theory for Pilots

ISBN: 978-0-470-69305-6
384 pages
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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The new European Joint Aviation Requirements (JARs) lay down rules governing the minimum levels of performance which must be attained by every type of public transport aeroplane. These rules cover matters such as weight, altitude and temperature, take-off and landing distance, cruise flight level and speed, and descent angle and rate.

The subject of aircraft performance forms an important part of all JAR Flight Crew Licensing examinations for commercial and airline transport pilot licences, and this book provides a clear but authoritative text on a difficult topic. It will also be of interest to commercial pilots needing to upgrade their annual ground test to JAR standards, and to flight planners, operations controllers and airport operators.

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Table of Contents

General; Aerodrome surfaces; Surface contamination; The Principles of flight; The variables; Class 'A' aeroplanes: Take-Off; Take-Off climb; En-Route; Landing; The complete flight; Class "B" requirements; Class "C" requirements; Definitions; Test answers
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Author Information

Pete Swatton was a navigator in the Royal Air Force for 37 years, of which 28 were spent as an OCU instructor and Wing examiner: On retirement he became an instructor with the Professional Pilot Study Centre at Bournemouth and remained there for 12 years. Currently he is the Chief Ground Instructor for Ground Training Services Ltd at Bournemouth/Hurn airport which specialises in training pilots for the JAA examinations.
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The Wiley Advantage

* Based on the new European-wide syllabus for commercial pilot examinations
* New syllabus mandatory for all aviation training in the UK from October 1999
* Provides clear guidance on a difficult subject
* Features test questions and answers
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