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V-Speeds

  • VA - design maneuvering speed. 
  • VB - design speed for maximum gust intensity. 
  • VC - design cruising speed. 
  • VD - design diving speed. 
  • VDF/MDF - demonstrated flight diving speed. 
  • VF - design flap speed. 
  • VFC/MFC - maximum speed for stability characteristics. 
  • VFE - maximum flap extended speed. 
  • VH - maximum speed in level flight with maximum continuous power. 
  • VLE - maximum landing gear extended speed. 
  • VLO - maximum landing gear operating speed. 
  • VLOF - lift-off speed. 
  • VMC - minimum control speed with the critical engine inoperative. 
  • VMO/MMO - maximum operating limit speed. 
  • VMU - minimum unstick speed. 
  • VNE - never-exceed speed. 
  • VNO - maximum structural cruising speed. 
  • VR - rotation speed. 
  • VS - the stalling speed or the minimum steady flight speed at which the airplane is controllable. 
  • VS0 - the stalling speed or the minimum steady flight speed in the landing configuration. 
  • VS1 - the stalling speed or the minimum steady flight speed obtained in a specific configuration. 
  • VTOSS - takeoff safety speed for Category A rotorcraft. 
  • VX - speed for best angle of climb.
  • VY - speed for best rate of climb. 
  • V1 - takeoff decision speed (formerly denoted as critical engine failure speed). 
  • V2 - takeoff safety speed. 
  • V2 min - minimum takeoff safety speed.

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