Maneuvering Speed

On Sunday Jon, Brian, Richard and I were discussing maneuvering speed at the hangar and Brian asked: “Does the maneuvering speed go up or down with weight?”  We could all answer this question with the rote answer: “it decreases as gross weight decreases”, but the follow up question “Why?” threw us all fits.  As an aerospace engineer, I realized that I understand the mathematical reason better than I could explain it in plain terms.  So here goes… Continue reading Maneuvering Speed