Category: Aerodynamics

XKCD: Airfoil

Are you able to answer this students question? Why *can* airplanes fly upside down if this is how an airfoil works. Or better yet: Why does the air above the airfoil have to meet...

Incipient Spin Caused By Engine Failure

Incipient Spin Caused By Engine Failure

“…If the engine fails on take-off with insufficient runway remaining, I will trim the aircraft for best glide and try to land withing 30° of the runway centreline.” Ahh, the take-off briefing! This particular...

Calculating G-Forces in a Turn

A while back I posed the question “Does an airplane in 45° bank experience more G forces than a slower one?” The quick answer: No. The G forces (or load factor) on the aircraft...