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Just A Couple Of Questions.

Tue Jun 13, 2000 3:41 am

I have a couple of questions to ask that have been bugging me for a while.

Where does the term "rotate" come from?
What does a FLARE mean?

Thanks for any help.

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RE: Just A Couple Of Questions.

Tue Jun 13, 2000 3:54 am

rotate is when you pull up on the control column right before you take off

flaring is when you pull up on the control column and the nose rises which slows the plane down right before touchdown.
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RE: Just A Couple Of Questions.

Tue Jun 13, 2000 5:19 am

The flare is the part of the landing where the nose is lifted up slightly instead of being level (descending) in order to:
a) arrest the descent
b) make sure the main wheels come into contact with the tarmac first and not the nose-wheels
c) make sure the airplane wing 'stalls' at exactly the right time so that the aircraft makes contact with the pavement.

As for where Rotate comes from (yes we all know what it is) maybe it comes from the aircraft rotating around its main undercarriage, instead of using, say, Pull Up, which, while the action is the same (pulling the yoke back) incurs that you are already flying and need to get higher.

Not saying the Rotate reason is right, but it's an idea!


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RE: Just A Couple Of Questions.

Tue Jun 13, 2000 1:21 pm

Ok, then what is it called when the wings of an aircraft lift up rather abnormally, often during landing and just after takeoff? I honestly thought that was 'flaring'! Thanx for the info.

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RE: Just A Couple Of Questions.

Tue Jun 13, 2000 10:01 pm

Rotate comes from the latin word "rotare", which could be translated more or less as "to turn". During the rotation the aircraft turns around a virtual axis. That's probably why it is called that way.

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