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Why Do Airliners Fly at Mach Numbers?

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MIAMI – At low altitudes, pilots are interested in airspeed rather than ground speed. We need to be aware of stall speeds, to calculate safe climb speeds, approach speeds, and optimum cruise speeds. At higher altitudes and speeds, in less dense air, we’re more concerned with high-speed buffet, low-speed buffet, minimum drag speed, best range […]

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