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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

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.

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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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Tail stalls have been in the news lately-Barnaby Wainfan dissects this phenomenon, and clarifies what to do and what not to do.

Wind Tunnel

Accelerate, pull and fly-thats not all there is to the takeoff. Barnaby Wainfan takes a second-by-second look at the aerodynamics of the takeoff: when it works, and when it doesn't.

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Recently, there has been increasing interest in the efficiency of all vehicles, including airplanes. Designers are seeking to make airplanes that perform better and burn less fuel. Barnaby Wainfan takes a close look at the aerodynamics and mathematics behind this deceptively complex process.

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Aerodynamics Engineer Barnaby Wainfan dissects one of the most common and possibly least understood flight maneuvers: turns.

Flying Qualities and the Horizontal Tail

An airplane's horizontal tail is critical to stabilizing the airplane in pitch, trimming out pitching moments caused by the wing and providing control power for maneuverability.

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Wind Tunnel

Aeroelasticity II—aileron flutter.

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The best-laid plans.

Rites of Passage

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Oil Cooler 101

What the homebuilder should know about oil coolers.