November 2007 Issue
Aircraft Handling: Making the Compromises Work
Each airplane has a personality that can be appreciated, but some are more likable than others.
Doug Rozendaal brings his considerable experience to a discussion of flight handling characteristics and his favorite aircraft. Among the factors designers consider are stability, control response, feel, personal preferences, FAA requirements, stick force, center of gravity, center of pressure, and the flight envelope. Every design is a compromise.
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