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Control and Performance Method


Instrument Flying Handbook Menu>Airplane Attitude Instrument Flying>Control and Performance Method

Aircraft performance is achieved by controlling the aircraft attitude and power (angle of attack and thrust to drag relationship). Aircraft attitude is the relationship of its longitudinal and lateral axes to the Earth’s horizon. An aircraft is flown in instrument flight by controlling the attitude and power, as necessary, to produce the desired performance. This is known as the control and performance method of attitude instrument flying and can be applied to any basic instrument maneuver. [Figure 4-1] The three general categories of instruments are control, performance, and navigation instruments.

Figure 4-1. Control/Performance cross-check method.





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