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A 75 kg pilot goes into a loop. At the top of the loop, where the plane is completely upside down for an instant, the pilot hangs freely in the seat and does not push against the seat belt. The airspeed indicator reads 120m/s. What is the radius of the planes loop?

I did Ac=v^2/r

substitute 9.8 for ac and 120 for v, so....

9.8=120^2/r

and when you do that, the radius is 1469.39 m.

My friend disagrees and says the loop should only be 19.36 meters. He used F=ma, then put that into the equation, to get 19.36.

Can someone say who did it right?

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# Homework Help: A pilot goes into a loop

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