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Barnaby Wainfan

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Barnaby Wainfan is a principal aerodynamics engineer for Northrop Grumman’s Advanced Design organization. A private pilot with single engine and glider ratings, Barnaby has been involved in the design of unconventional airplanes including canards, joined wings, flying wings and some too strange to fall into any known category.

Design Process: V-Tails

A V-tail is a configuration where the horizontal stabilizer and vertical fin are replaced by a pair of surfaces mounted at a high dihedral...

Design Process: Vertical Tail Spin Considerations

Not every airplane is designed to perform intentional spins, but that doesn’t mean the designer can safely ignore the effect of the vertical tail...

Design Evolution on Display

In the antique/classics parking at AirVenture this year we found a replica of Benny Howard's Mr. Mulligan parked between a pair of Howard DGA-15s....

Design Process: Vertical Tail Planform

The size and shape of the planform of the vertical tail determine its ability to perform its stabilizing and control functions. In steady-state cruise flight,...

Design Process: The Rudder

The fixed portion of the vertical tail of an airplane provides directional stability. The rudder provides directional control. When the pilot deflects the rudder, it...

Design Process: Vertical Tail Functions–Yaw Stability and Damping

The vertical tail performs multiple tasks to stabilize and control the airplane. This month we will explore what the vertical tail contributes to the...

Design Process: All-Moving Tails

A conventional horizontal tail has a fixed horizontal stabilizer with an elevator hinged to it to provide pitch control. The “fixed” portion of the...
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Design Process: Pitch Force Trim

For an airplane to maintain steady-state level flight it must be trimmed in pitch. The airplane is trimmed when the net pitching moment acting...

Design Process: Tail Trim Functions

In addition to stabilizing the airplane in pitch, the horizontal tail must also trim the airplane. In steady-state level flight, the airplane flies at...

Design Process: Horizontal Tail

The horizontal tail has two functions. It provides control power to trim and maneuver the airplane in pitch, and it stabilizes the airplane about...

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Build It Better: Learning from History

Everything we know about aviation comes from the experience of designers, builders and pilots who came before us. Understanding their successes and failures can help us fly and build more safely.

Seeing the Dream Through

Having earned a number of homebuilding trophies for his work constructing airplanes, Paul Muhle decides to share his experience with those who aim to win awards-or just look like they could.

Single-seat Economics

I love flying single-seat airplanes. In fact, for pure, unadulterated aeronautical fun, it is...

Sail By Wire

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