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Old 2nd Dec 2019, 08:59
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Originally Posted by sky9 View Post
I was going through the Boeing update on the MAX and came across their definitions page
Their definition is interesting:
Angle of Attack (AOA) – the difference between the pitch angle (nose direction) of the airplane and the angle of the oncoming wind.

I was never aware that the AOA measured wind; I always thought in 35 years of flying that it measured the angle of the oncoming airflow. To think I spent my whole aviation career with a misapprehension.
and it isn’t referenced to pitch angle either
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