|For all practical purposes, the wing's lift in a steady state normal climb is the same as it is in a steady level flight at the same airspeed. Though the airplane's flightpath has changed when the climb has been established, the angle of attack of the wing with respect to the inclined flightpath reverts to practically the same values, as does the lift. There is an initial momentary change, however, as shown in Figure 17-34. During the transition from straight and level flight to a climb, a change in lift occurs when back elevator pressure is first applied. Raising the airplane's nose increases the angle of attack and momentarily increases the lift. Lift at this moment is now greater than weight and starts the airplane climbing. After the flightpath is stabilized on the upward incline, the angle of attack and lift again revert to about the level flight values.||
|.||If the climb is entered with no change in power setting, the airspeed gradually diminishes because the thrust required to maintain a given airspeed in level flight is insufficient to maintain the same airspeed in a climb. When the flightpath is inclined upward, a component of the airplane's weight acts in the same direction as, and parallel to, the total drag of the airplane, thereby increasing the total effective drag. Consequently, the total drag is greater than the power, and the airspeed decreases. The reduction in airspeed gradually results in a corresponding decrease in drag until the total drag (including the component of weight acting in the same direction) equal the thrust (Fig. 17-35). Due to momentum, the change in airspeed is gradual, varying considerably with differences in airplane size, weight, total drag, and other factors.|
Generally speaking, the forces of thrust and drag, and
lift and weight, again become balanced when the airspeed stabilizes but
at a value lower than in straight and level flight at the same power setting.
Since in a climb the airplane's weight is not only acting downward but
rearward along with drag additional power is required to maintain the same
airspeed as in level flight. The amount of power depends on the angle of
climb. When the climb is established so steep that there is insufficient
power available, a slower speed results. It will be seen then that the
amount of reserve power determines the climb performance of the airplane.
This is discussed further in the section on Climb Performance.