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.
Algebra and the elevator control system.
This month well look at another complex interaction between aerodynamics and aircraft structures that can cause structures to fail: fabric flutter.
To find the speed, lose the drag.
At this point in the design process, we have gotten the airplane sized, balanced, and after six months of consideration gotten the landing gear...
Multiple engines complicate design, because not only must the airplane be able to maintain flight on one engine, but also the pilot must be able to control it. Lateral/directional stability issues are key;
As the propeller moves through the air, each point on the blade follows a helical path.
More Flying Fleas.
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...
Nine simple rules, distilled from years of experience (making—and fixing—assorted mistakes), can help any aircraft designer avoid disaster.