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Encyclopedia > Rate of climb

Rate of climb is an aerodynamic term.


It is the rate, usually expressed in feet per minute, at which an aircraft increase its altitude. A common abbreviation is: f/min. The rate of decrease in altitude is referred to as rate of descent. An aircraft is any machine capable of atmospheric flight. ... Altitude is the elevation of an object from a known level or datum, called zero level. ...


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In aerodynamics, the rate of climb is the speed at which an aircraft increases its altitude.
The rate of decrease in altitude is referred to as the rate of descent.
Vx refers to the "best angle of climb speed," which is usually less than Vy, the "best rate of climb speed." The difference between these speeds relating to the rate of climb lie in the climb objective.
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