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Airplane Performance Charts and Tables
Pilots are often only taught how to read performance charts, but do you really know how your airplane is going to perform?
Date and Time:
Saturday, March 27, 2021, starting at 12:00 Pacific Daylight Time (13:00 MDT; 14:00 CDT; 15:00 EDT; 09:00 HST; 11:00 AKDT; 12:00 Arizona; 19:00 GMT)
Brian Eliot
Brief Description:

Prior to certification, airplane manufacturers and the aerospace engineers that work for them, run exhaustive tests of new airplanes as they perform normal and emergency maneuvers in a variety of atmospheric and loading conditions. That critical performance information is communicated to future pilots through Section 5 of the POH - Aircraft Performance. Pilots must fully understand this section to fully understand their aircraft.

Although there is no single standard for the display of performance information, new pilots should be taught to decode performance information conveyed in both table format, or on performance graphs. Additionally, the complexity of performance information can also be found in footnotes, inset boxes, and textual addendum.

Join us on March 27, as San Carlos Flight Center CFI Brian Eliot reviews the publication and display of aircraft performance information and walks us through the most important types of charts and tables. If you are a new pilot, prepare to welcome in a tremendous amount of new information. If you are a high-time pilot, we think you will still enjoy this review of this critical part of knowing your aircraft.


Brian Eliot is San Carlos Flight Center’s Assistant Chief Pilot and resident expert for IFR training and Garmin G1000 avionics. He has been flying since 1995 and received all his training in the Bay Area. Brian previously worked as a broadcast engineer, a software developer, and taught computer science at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He regularly presents at San Carlos Flight Center safety seminars and has a reputation for making complex concepts easy to learn and understand.



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Phone: 650-483-0715
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San Carlos Flight Center (SCFC) is the SF Bay Area’s most dynamic flying club, committed to building general aviation through safety, community, and adventure. AOPA has consistently recognized SCFC in their Best Flight School survey, most recently in 2019 as a Distinguished Flight School.

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Credit Applicability:
½ Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 1
Advanced WINGS
1 Credit for Advanced Knowledge Topic 1
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