If you want to get a good discussion going in the crew lounge, ask your fellow pilots how they use angle-of-attack (AOA) instrumentation, assuming they use it at all. We did that recently with a number of experienced corporate turbine aircraft pilots and got answers ranging from "I don't -- it's placarded," to very sophisticated descriptions of how alpha can be used to maximize range and endurance. We also noticed that U.S. Navy-trained pilots tended to have many uses for the AOA ...


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