Study of inadvertent speed increases in transport operation

Henry A. Pearson

Some factors relating to inadvertent speed and Mach number increases in transport operation are discussed with the object of indicating the manner in which they might vary with different qualities of the airplane and the minimum margins required to guard against reaching unsafe values. The speed increments and the margins required under several assumed conditions are investigated. The results indicate that, on a percentage basis, smaller margins should be required of high-speed airplanes than of low-speed airplanes to prevent overspeeding in inadvertent maneuvers. The possibility of exceeding placard speed in prolonged descents is illustrated by computations for typical transport airplanes. Equations are suggested that allow estimates to be made of the necessary speed margins.

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