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Yeah, I understand what you mean now! 136.77ms^1 v^2= 151^2-64^2 = 18705 take the square root of 18705 to get 136.77ms^1 in the direction 25degrees North-West
 

Dr.Peterson

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Yeah, I understand what you mean now! 136.77ms^1 v^2= 151^2-64^2 = 18705 take the square root of 18705 to get 136.77ms^1 in the direction 25degrees North-West
Just to make sure we're clear, the plane heads 25 degrees north of west, not at 136.77 m/s, but at 151 m/s airspeed. It is the groundspeed that ends up being due west at 136.77 m/s.

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So which one would now be the planes resultant speed?
 

Dr.Peterson

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The resultant is what I called the groundspeed -- the speed at which the plane actually moves, the vector sum of the airspeed and the wind.
 
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