Stressing Structure

Cable-operated aileron control system.

Wind Tunnel

Trike masts.

Wind Tunnel

Its an age-old duality: stability versus maneuverability. Many factors go into developing and building any aircraft, and the designers choices will affect a pilots workload, for good or ill. Among the topics discussed are trim, pitch stability and yaw stability;

Wind Tunnel

When the airflow separates from a surface, the result can be unsteady forces or turbulent wake shedding, neither of which is desirable.

Design Process: Planform Effects on Structure and Weight

Last month we took a look at how the planform of the wing affects the spanwise distribution of lift along the wing. The shape...

Wind Tunnel

Fasteners through an engineer’s eye.

Wind Tunnel: Offset hinge lines

Offset hinge lines.

Wind Tunnel

Design process, part 1-it all starts with the mission.

Wind Tunnel

This month columnist Barnaby Wainfan takes a look at how the airplane responds in roll when the pilot is maneuvering. Two key factors are roll acceleration and the steady-state roll rate.

Wind Tunnel

Youd think a V-tail would have much to offer over a conventional tail in both reduced drag and lower weight. But how does it really pan out?

In Case You Missed it


Throttle interference.

Big Talk

The standalone com radio lives on—smarter, more flexible and affordable than ever.

Cleco Pads

I recently painted the glareshield section of the top forward fuselage skin before...

The New Guy

Tips for Setting Up Shop. By David Boeshaar.