Flaps – Understanding Their Use In The Aircraft

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While you are educating yourself on how to fly an aircraft, there may be terms like Speedometer or Aircraft Tachometer, which might come to you and are completely new for you. Likewise, the flap is one term, which is in fact, an aerodynamics and is used to lift an aircraft wing at any particular airspeed. These are mounted on the trailing edges of the wings of an aircraft.

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Flaps – Und erstanding Their Use In The Aircraft While you are educating yourself on how to fly an aircraft there may be terms like Speedometer or Aircraft Tachometer which might come to you and are completely new for you. Likewise the flap is one term which is in fact an aerodynamics and is used to lift an aircraft wing at any particular airspeed. These are mounted on the trailing edges of the wings of an aircraft. Understanding the use of Flaps Since flaps are used to either increase the lift or for the purpose of the drag depending upon the needs these serve the purpose to generate more lift even at the slower airspeed and thus reducing the stalling risk. In an effort to use flaps here are the steps:  Flaps Behavior: Understanding flap behavior is as important as using it. It is just like a palm of your hand. Consider it as when you pull out your hand out from a moving car your palm is against the wind and as soon as you reduce the angle of the palm there is a reduction in the wind drag and thus you experience a better lift and your hand automatically moves up.

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 During Takeoff: While there may be some minor changes depending on an aircraft you opted to fly the flaps can be extended during the times of take off. Depending on the type of the aircraft there is a limit to the flap and as per recommendation if the ground is soft or rough flaps must be 10 degrees during takeoff.  During Landing: When it comes to the landing the flaps needs to be extended at full in order to offer aircraft a lower stall speed and thus enabling them to land within a short distance. Remember that as soon as the aircraft is on the ground the flaps can be raised accordingly in order to avoid the situation of increased stopping distance. There are several advantages of using a flap some of which are discussed below: During take off  It offers a chance to the aircraft to take off even in reduced speed You can check the speed of the aircraft in speedometer of your aircraft thus saving a lot of fuel cost  The extension of flaps even at a small degree offers a greater efficiency During landing  Flaps produces greater lift and thus allow lower landing speed  Offering greater drag and thus permitting a steep descent angle  Also offering the reduction in the landing length There are different designs of Flaps available and are being used depending on the size speed and the complex behavior of the aircraft. Among the different types of Flaps the Plain Slotted and Fowler Flaps are the common ones which are being used in the aircraft. Always remember that the flaps are most frequently used during the times of takeoff and landing. These can help in the determination of how slow an aircraft can fly which may not seem too exciting but very important in terms of the safety of the passengers. Always keep this in mind Aircraft rarely crash because of low speeds and most accidents happen if they ca n ’ t be flown slowly enough. Resource: https://precisiongauge.tumblr.com/post/159706556603/flaps-understanding-their-use-in- the-aircraft

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