Home Authors Posts by Barnaby Wainfan

Barnaby Wainfan

163 POSTS 0 COMMENTS
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: Landing Gear, Part 3

Last month we took a look at the basic characteristics of the two most common landing gear configurations: tricycle and taildragger. We will now...

Design Process: Landing Gear, Part 2

As we started to discuss last month, the landing gear is a major component of the airplane that affects the design in significant ways....

Design Process: Landing Gear

It’s time to turn our attention to a major component of the airplane—the landing gear.

Wind Tunnel

Design process-CG limits and tail size, part 2.

Wind Tunnel

Design process-tail volume. By Barnaby Wainfan.

Wind Tunnel

Design process-CG limits and tail size.

Wind Tunnel

Design process-CG loading, part 2.

Design Process: CG Loading

Empty weight and empty CG of the airplane are fixed and do not vary from flight to flight. The same cannot be said of its contents.

Wind Tunnel

Design process: balance, part 3.

Wind Tunnel

Design Process-balance, part 2.

In Case You Missed it

Cover Story: Seat Cover Conventions

Now that the foam is cut and glued, we’ll learn how to make the pattern, choose and cut the fabric, and sew the cover.

Flights of Fancy

It’s more cliché than observation to note there’s a whole lot of dreaming going on in aviation.

A One-Finger Hand

By William Rynone, Ph.D., P.E.

Perking up the performance of a Glasair Sportsman

Power Flow exhaust shows a measureable efficiency gain over the standard system.