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What is a Spoiler ?

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What is a Spoiler ?

what does it do ?

do all the airplanes have it ?

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Ryan (737FLIER) First Officer

A spoiler is an Airbrake. Only larger airplanes have them. I think there is one prop on FSX thast has them. They are usually used when you land but can also be used in the air to reduce speed quickly. I hope that helps.



Last edited by Ryan (737FLIER) on Sat May 12, 2007 2:35 pm, edited 1 time in total
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CRJCapt Chief Captain

737FLIER is correct, here is more information with pictures...everyone likes pictures. 😀
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spoiler_%28aeronautics%29

Guest

many thanks !!!!

i guess an air brake can be deployed during flight.

but a spoiler can only be deployed at the moment of touch down ? is that correct ?

i have seen this on airliner while traveling.

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CRJCapt Chief Captain

No disrespect to 737Flier, please allow me to provide more information. You answered the post first and you were correct. 🙂

Actually no, there are technically different types of spoilers. Spoilers can be used in flight(flight spoilers) or armed for auto deploy upon landing(ground spoilers). Ground spoilers normally consist of the same panels that deploy when you extend flight spoilers plus additional panel that only deploy on the ground. Air brakes are panels that deploy into the air stream to cause extra drag to slow the aircraft. They don't spoil lift as spoilers do, just add drag. Air brakes are normally found on military aircraft only but there are a few exceptions.

Columbia Flyer Guest

here's a picture of an air brake on the Columbia 400

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Ryan (737FLIER) First Officer

No disrespect taken at all. If a person knows more information they can post it and the person asking the question will have a better answer.

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alleskalle Trainee

737FLIER wrote:

A spoiler is an Airbrake. Only larger airplanes have them. I think there is one prop on FSX thast has them. They are usually used when you land but can also be used in the air to reduce speed quickly. I hope that helps.

Yes it is a prop Aircraft in FSX.
That is Money Bravo

Guest

Roll Spoilers Help Jets and Turboprops Make Their Turns

http://www.paperjet.net/spoilers.php

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CRJCapt Chief Captain

Roll spoilers(spoilerons) are a different thing than flight spoilers, it can get complicated.

Guest

everything you want to ask about spoilers, but afraid to ask...

http://www.allstar.fiu.edu/aero/Wing33.htm

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Tailhook Chief Captain

How come nobody is mentioning the dive brakes -- gone out of fashion?

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