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Flight Simulators: From Flaps to Flying *

Difficulty
Time Required Average (6-10 days)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety No issues
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Abstract

Did you know that commercial airline pilots use high-tech flight simulators to learn how to fly big jumbo jets? Before they ever step behind the controls of a real jet they've already logged thousands of virtual air miles. It might not qualify you to fly a real jumbo jet, but you, too, can learn the logistics of aviation by experimenting with the types of flight simulators sold at computer game retailers. Use a flight simulator to investigate the relationship between flap settings and the stall speed of your favorite aircraft. Is the relationship the same or different for different types of airplanes?

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Science Buddies Staff. (2014, October 6). Flight Simulators: From Flaps to Flying. Retrieved December 21, 2014 from http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_ideas/Games_p007.shtml

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Last edit date: 2014-10-06

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