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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....

Wind Tunnel

Contrary to popular belief, the frontal area of an airplane is not the most important determinant of drag.

Wind Tunnel

Spring systems.

Stressing Structure

V-n Diagram.

Wind Tunnel

The author explains how the characteristics of an airplane affect pilot ability to complete tasks, response factors, stability and damping of the airframe to changes in angle of attack, basic stability, trim, control forces, and control power. He also addresses the controversy behind the design of airplanes, their characteristics and the resultant suitability for various types of flying;

Wind Tunnel

This month well look at another complex interaction between aerodynamics and aircraft structures that can cause structures to fail: fabric flutter.

Design Process: Planform Effects on Span Loading and Drag

Last month we started our discussion of wing planforms with a look at the various planform shapes in use. We now turn our attention...

Wind Tunnel

Avoiding the traps of bad engineering and construction.

Stressing Structure

Tubes, struts, and column buckling.

Wind Tunnel

Gyroplanes, part 5.

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The Home Machinist

How do you turn out non-cylindrical objects with your lathe? Why, by using a four-jaw chuck, of course. And there's a way to effectively employ that 'ole' adjustable wrench that might have escaped you for years; by Bob Fritz.

Practical Electrical

Battery facts and fables for the aircraft builder–part 2. By Robert L. Nuckolls, III.

How the Pros Do It: Jim Kimball Enterprises

Jim Kimball Enterprises—Building the better biplane.

Kit Stuff