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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. Delaying the layout and design of the gear until late in the design process will inevitably lead to problems. Accordingly, the designer should address the major factors associated with landing gear […]
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Wind Tunnel

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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

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Wind Tunnel

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Stressing Structure

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Wind Tunnel

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Wind Tunnel

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