Stability Aerodynamics

MANOEUVRING FLIGHT Although no airplane is completely stable, all airplanes must have desirable stability and handling characteristics. An inherently stable airplane is easy to fly, and it reduces pilot fatigue. This quality is essential throughout a wide range of flight conditions – during climbs, descents, turns, and at both high and low airspeeds. You will…

Understanding Flight

The characteristics of fluids to have zero velocity at the surface of an object explain why one is not able to hose dust off a car. Flight is a relatively simple and widely studied phenomenon. As surprising as it may sound, though, it is often misunderstood. For example, most descriptions of the physics of lift…