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Barnaby Wainfan

Barnaby Wainfan
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Barnaby is a Technical Fellow 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.

Wind Tunnel

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Stall flutter is the result of the elastic axis of a wings surface being aft of the aerodynamic center, resulting in instability. A vicious cycle of lift, twist, stall and lift may ensue.

Wind Tunnel

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Barnaby Wainfan offers an explanation of how tail surfaces can be subject to flutter and how to avoid the potentially disastrous result.

Wind Tunnel

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Aerodynamic flutter has been a recent concern in the homebuilt world. What exactly is flutter? What causes it? Barnaby Wainfan clarifies an often misunderstood and potentially dangerous phenomenon.

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Airplanes are surprisingly flexible, and changes in their shape can affect aerodynamic characteristics. Barnaby Wainfan explains how the two are coupled.

Combating Carb Ice

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Barnaby Wainfan examines a sneaky and sometimes little understood cause of in-flight scares and engine failures: carb ice.

Wind Tunnel

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Barnaby Wainfan brings aerodynamics to life with an illustrated field guide to the various devices seen at AirVenture.

The Case for Strakes

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These small additions to your aircraft can make a significant improvement in its pitch response and authority at high angles of attack. Barnaby Wainfan gives you the strake story.

Wind Tunnel

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Got separation anxiety? Vortex generators can keep the airflow attached where it belongs.

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Fixed gear or retractable gear? Barnaby Wainfan examines the physics behind this longstanding design question.

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Barnaby Wainfan explores the optimum size of a wing and the best ways to balance performance and efficiency.

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Alternative Engines and the Cult of Personality

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Marc Cook digs into the challenging world of automotive conversions, reporting on the converts who learned how to build these engines at the West Coast Corvair College.

Aero ‘lectrics

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Jim Weir describes how he built the airframe structure of his new-and-improved wind tee.

Around the Patch

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Editor-in-Chief Marc Cook takes a moment to put lifes challenges in perspective as Senior Editor Bob Fritz enters the fight of his life with his characteristic positive attitude.

Quickie Adoption

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Building an airplane from an orphaned kit. By Dan Yager.