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Physics Application of an Airline Pilot

  1. Feb 21, 2015 #1
    Hey, if anyone is well-versed or experienced in the field of aviation, what is the application of physics to the day to day job of an airline pilot? Specifically a pilot for commercial flight. Not exactly career-advise but it didn't fit the other categories either.
    Any help would be appreciated.
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  3. Feb 22, 2015 #2


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    Someone could be an airline pilot without having any kind of knowledge of physics. Similarly, one does not need to know anything at all about the internal combustion engine to drive a car. If you're asking what kind of physics airline pilots have to do on a daily basis...then none.

    If you're asking about how physics is relevant to flying...then that's a very different question.
  4. Feb 22, 2015 #3
  5. Feb 22, 2015 #4
    Physics helps to understand aircraft performance. But so does chemistry, fluid dynamics, navigation mathematics, weather, metallurgy, admiralty law, and so on...

    Aviation is the domain of generalists. One other thing: To earn those lovely airline pilot salaries, you need to pay your dues working at jobs that are barely above the poverty line for a long time...
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