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Are there speed limits for aircraft?

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Are there speed limits for aircraft?

Duncan Pimlot, Winnipeg
Yes, there are lots! Below 10,000 feet above sea level (ASL), all aircraft are restricted to 250 knots (nautical miles per hour). A limit of 200 knots is required when aircraft are within 10 nautical miles of the airport and when they are less than 3,000 feet above the ground. Our speeds must be adhered to within 10 knots, especially when we are given instructions by air traffic control. The airplane itself also has many inherent speed limitations for flaps, landing gear and tires, to name a few. Even my windshield wipers can’t be operated when the aircraft speed is above 230 knots.

Doug Morris
Doug Morris is an Air Canada pilot and captain on the Airbus A320.

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