1963-01-01

Improvements in Flying Qualities of Modern Light Planes 630057

Flying qualities of single and twin engine planes are reviewed here. To meet requirements of cross-country flying, modern light planes have excellent stability and desirable stall characteristics. Take-offs and landings are simple maneuvers because of inherent stability of tricycle gear, improved steering, and dependable braking. Nonprofessional pilots fly these planes confidently, since engine-out controllability and climb performance are good. Future development considers instrument flying and aerodynamic refinements to provide better spiral stability in approach configuration, reduced trim changes resulting from improved flaps, gear, and power. Possibly greater inertia characteristics will minimize rapid oscillations encountered in rough air.

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