Hey guys! I’d like to offer some wisdom today. Today’s point is about vertical speed. A lot of people base their climb off of vertical speed instead of using pitch to maintain airspeed.
Vertical speed, for the most part, is just a cool bit of information to know. It’s not used for how you climb, and it’s not what you focus on. Instead, use a fixed power setting and make slight changes in pitch (your angle up and down) to maintain a certain airspeed.
Keep this in mind: When you pitch the nose down, airspeed increases. When you pitch the nose up, airspeed decreases. Use this to adjust your airspeed as you climb.
Remember: For the most part, vertical speed is just cool to know. It’s just how quickly you’re climbing or descending. It is good, however, to base your descent on a specific VS.
Also see the tutorial below from Tyler (IFATC Supervisor and real life pilot and air traffic controller)
After takeoff, you can increase pitch at a rate of three degrees per second. Maintain ten to fifteen degrees of positive (up) pitch and make slight adjustments to increase or maintain airspeed.
Once you’ve reached the lower end cruising altitudes, you can adjust vertical speed to between 1,000 and 2,500 feet per minute (fpm) or so.
This concludes today’s lesson. I hope it helped somebody. I thought I’d share it because I see a lot of people basing their climb off of their vertical speed. Instead, use a fixed power setting and make adjustments in your pitch angle to adjust your airspeed. Don’t worry too much about your vertical speed until you get much higher.
Thank you, and I’ll see you in the skies!