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General Aviation Aircraft Design by Snorri Gudmundsson

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Chapter 11

The Anatomy of the Tail

Abstract

The chapter begins with a general discussion of static stability and control. In addition to defining fundamental stability concepts, it discusses trends in longitudinal and lateral/directional stability derivatives. Additionally, methods to estimate elevator deflection requirements and stick-fixed neutral point are provided. Then, a thorough, but general discussion of the pros and cons of different tail configurations is given. This is followed by providing the general formulation of horizontal and vertical tail geometry. Finally, three methods intended to tailor the tail arm and the vertical tail surface are introduced. These methods minimize the wetted area of a fuselage, which is assumed to have the ...

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