Aviation Dictionary

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Constant Speed Propeller (CSU)

Also known as a variable pitch propeller. The pitch of the propeller blade is able to be changed according to the phase of flight, in order to achieve the most efficiency from the propeller. A fine pitch (high rpm) is used during a take-off while a coarse pitch (low rpm) is used during cruise.

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