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Aircraft Handling: Making the Compromises Work

Doug Rozendaal brings his considerable experience to a discussion of flight handling characteristics and his favorite aircraft. Among the factors designers consider are stability, control response, feel, personal preferences, FAA requirements, stick force, center of gravity, center of pressure, and the flight envelope. Every design is a compromise.

Aero ‘lectrics

You need never again be greeted by a dead battery because you left the master switch on. With a few dollars’ worth of parts, you can build a simple alarm system.

Design Process: Tail Trim Functions

In addition to stabilizing the airplane in pitch, the horizontal tail must also trim...

Help! You Need Somebody

This topic came to me in a dream, probably triggered by a New Year’s...