Aircraft Recognition

clb7

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Hey guys...I'm working on prepping myself for the academy. Obviously there are hundreds to thousands of different aircrafts. What was important to be able to identify when it came to aircraft recognition as far as the academy is concerned? This is probably my weakest point at the moment. Any info would be extremely helpful! Thanks in advance...
 

UNDgrad06

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Are you enroute or terminal?

Enroute - Know the difference between a Jet, a Turboprop and a prop. Thats all.

Terminal - I am sure you can find alot of this information online but just starting learning the most popular models. Then you can look at things like engine placement, wing placement, tail type, etc.
 

AimsCTI1

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I would agree with UNDgrad06.

I have learned a lot from browsing Airliners.net occasionally, they seem to have almost every aircraft imaginable and great pictures of them.
 

clb7

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Thanks guys! Mucho appreciated! I'm terminal thats why its so important that I crack down on this! :)
 

Davo

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I have been taking the airliners.net test and failing at it. Will I really need to know the difference between a 747-200 vs 747-400? And I am horrible with the Airbus line up. All of the small cessnas look the same other than windows maybe. Any times on how to memorize this stuff?
 

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-400 has winglets. But honestly, you really dont need to know the difference. The same wake turbulence applies.

A319 has 1 exit window. 320 has 2 windows over the exit row. 321 is a lot longer than the other 2 ;)

As far as the single engines, eh. It obviously matters if it's a single engine vs. twin. But within each of those classes *for the most part* the act the same.
 

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It helps to know the difference when you're calling traffic. Do you have an airport close by, small or big, that you can go and just watch planes?
 

Davo

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People will think I'm a terrorist! But no airport that close. I have a couple of aircraft directory books. I will just study them along with online material. Thanks
 

BVI4Life

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There are a lot of airports with parks and things like that right near where it's designed to watch planes. Worth looking into. It's a lot easier to see them in person, then in a picture. I worked for United for many years before ATC in small and hub airports, so I got to see upclose the differences in each aircraft
 

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Hey guys...I'm working on prepping myself for the academy. Obviously there are hundreds to thousands of different aircrafts. What was important to be able to identify when it came to aircraft recognition as far as the academy is concerned? This is probably my weakest point at the moment. Any info would be extremely helpful! Thanks in advance...
If you're OTS they'll teach you everything you need to know. Including aircraft type, how to figure out what they are and general performances of them.

But I realize everyone wants to go in the door knowing everything. Take a loot at some PA28, PA34, PAY1, C172, C210, C310, C421, C550, BE35, BE58, BE40, GLF5, FA20, LJ35, B727, B737, B747, B757, B767, B777, MD-11, A320, A340, MD80, CRJ, E145.

That will be a start for you. Those are the ones off of the top of my head.You don't need to concern yourself with subtypes such as B747-400, B-737-800, etc.
 

Davo

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Just did a search for c210 on google... I think google thought I was typing 2 10 C Cups or something.
 

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Here's the list of aircraft you're expected to know for the Aircraft Recognition Quiz for En Route. If you take Basics, you'll have covered about 3/4 of these in a separate section (they provide you with flash cards).

Like Roddy said, visual recognition isn't very important in En Route; you're just expected to know aircraft ID, number of engines, engine type, weight class, and approximate climb rates and speed (for comparison, e.g. a Gulfstream climbs faster than a Beechjet). There's also a computer lesson that you'll take that covers them -- and they'll give you a copy on CD. Can't provide course materials here publicly, but don't worry, you'll have plenty of time to study it.

Don't worry too much about the variants, like the difference between a 777-200 and 777-300. In En Route, it's generally not a big deal. There are a few exceptions, like 737-100s and -200s underperforming later models, but you'll get to know them. If you're familiar with a few coming in, you'll have a nice head start.

Someone else can jump in on what else needs to be known for Terminal.


SINGLE ENGINE PISTON

Cessna 172 Skyhawk - C172
Cessna 182 Skylane - C182
Cessna 210 Centurion - C210
Piper Cherokee - PA32
Piper Comanche - PA24
Beechcraft Bonanza - BE36
Cirrus SR22 - SR22
Piper Malibu - PA46


TWIN ENGINE PISTON

Piper Seneca - PA34
Piper Navajo - PA31
Beechcraft Baron - BE58
Cessna Golden Eagle - C421


TURBOPROP

Single engine
Cessna Caravan - C208
Pilatus PC-12 Eagle - PC12

Twin engine
Dehavilland-8 (A, B and C models) - DH8
King Air - BE9T (also BE10 and BE20)
Beechcraft B1900 - B190
Saab SF34 - SF34
Fairchild Swearingen Metro - SW4
Dahavilland Dash 8 - DH8D
Super King Air - B350
Cessna Conquest - C441

Four engine
C-130 Hercules - C130


TURBOJET

Single engine
F-16 Fighting Falcon - F16
Cessna Citation Mustang - C510
Eclipse 500 - EA50

Twin engine
CRJ-200 - CRJ2
Embraer E-190 - E190
Embraer E-145 - E145
CRJ-900 - CRJ9
Boeing 717-200 - B712
Boeing 757-300 - B753
Boeing 777-200 - B772
T-37 - T37
Beechcraft Beechjet - BE40
Airbus 320 - A320
McDonnell-Douglas MD-82 - MD82
Boeing 737-800 - B738
Boeing 767-300 - B763
Cessna Citation X - C750
LearJet 55 - LJ55
Gulfstream 4 - GLF4
Talon AT-38 - T38

Four engine
C-17 Globemaster - C17
C-5 Galaxy - C5
E-3A Sentry - E3RF
Airbus 380-800 - A388
Airbus 340-300 - A343
B1 Lancer - B1
B2 Spirit - B2
Boeing 747-200 - B742
KC-135 Stratotanker - K35R

Eight engine
B-52 Stratofortress - B52