Flying by the numbers

V-Speeds - A Hints & Tips Guide

Our topic of discussion for this issue’s hints and tips section is V-speeds. Many would assume the ‘V’ in V-speeds is derived from ‘velocity’ but the term is actually from the French word ‘vitesse’ French for ‘speed’. From light trainers to complex multi-engine types, knowing your V-speeds is crucial for operating an aircraft within its optimum performance envelope and structural limits. There are countless V-speeds, particularly when it comes to transport-category aircraft, so we will focus on the important ones one should know when flying general aviation aircraft.

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