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...

Stressing Structure

Load distributions, part 2.

Wind Tunnel

Design process: wing size and landing distance.

Wind Tunnel

This month we use the accumulated flight-test data to determine what exactly is causing the unacceptable flying qualities of the airplane so that the best way to fix the problem can be identified;

Wind Tunnel

Design process, part 7-runway surface.

Design Process: Landing Gear, Part 5

For the past few editions of Wind Tunnel, we’ve been exploring the factors that drive the configuration and placement of landing gear. Last month...

Wind Tunnel

Wing root junctions.

Wind Tunnel

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

A Bit About Blades

Like a wing, a propeller blade is characterized by its area, planform, and airfoil cross section.

Stressing Structure

Algebra and the elevator control system.

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Contributors

Chuck Berthe Our flight-test man in the field took valuable time off from his...

Positively Negative

Modern electrically-intensive airplanes demand excellent grounding.

Becoming a Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR)

The long road to issuing airworthiness certificates.

Aero ‘lectrics

Break out your laptops, iPhones and iPads. There is a new batch of apps and other software that can help pilots chart their course when traveling cross-country.