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teardrop
i. A standard flying pattern similar to the race-course pattern, except that one radius is larger than the other. The teardrop procedure consists of a departure from an initial approach fix on an outbound course followed by a turn toward and intercepting the inbound course at or prior to the intermediate fix or point. Its purpose is to permit an aircraft to reverse direction and lose considerable altitude within reasonably limited airspace. Also called a base turn
ii. The term also refers to turning onto a reciprocal heading in such a way that the aircraft is on the opposite track after the turn. The term is used in a similar sense in combat maneuvering.
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Repeat to fuse the teardrops to the remaining square corners.
Repeat to fuse the remaining teardrops to the remaining block, but place two pink and one orange teardrop at each square corner.
The charted teardrop curve is about five miles in diameter, so forget standard rate.
A standard rate turn at 110 knots is about a mile in diameter, or a fifth of the full teardrop.
Carefully cut out the teardrop shape and along the inner spiral line.
In this manner, mark each rectangle with the teardrop motif.
By combining a reduced number of journeys, because of the larger load capacity, with the reduction in the amount of fuel used, the Teardrop trailers emit 20 per cent less CO2 than standard ones.
Simon Ratcliffe, general merchandise logistics director at Marks & Spencer, said: "The Teardrop trailers are another step in our efforts to take our UK and Irish operations carbon neutral under Plan A, M&S's five-year eco-plan.
If the radial falls within the smaller wedge in the top half of the DG, it's a teardrop entry (think "teardrop" because you got the smallest piece of pie).
Viewed from above it is the shape of a teardrop - perhaps Diana inspired the designer more than we know.
At least 45 owners of teardrop trailers proved that point during the third annual Dam Gathering of the Tears near the base of Shasta Dam.
In his omnipresent German army hat, he gave them a set that spanned the years - from a beautiful stripped-down version of The Teardrop Explodes' Treason through to Sunspots from the album Fried, Greatness And Perfection from World Shut Your Mouth, Julian H Cope from Jehovakill, and the marvellous Pristine from Peggy Suicide.