1968-04-03

Initial Report on Operational Experiences of General Aviation Aircraft 680203

An analysis has been made of 27,000 hr of VG and VGH data obtained from 62 general aviation aircraft based throughout the United States. Comparisons are made between the actual flight loads experienced by aircraft engaged in five types of operations and the design flight envelopes for these aircraft. Gust and maneuver acceleration fractions, relating actual load factors to design load factors, are indicated. Airspeed and altitude operating practices are shown for the various aircraft. Landing impact acceleration distributions and a limited sample of accelerations measured during individual, practice, and competitive aerobatics are presented.

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