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Aerodynamics

Thrust, drag, lift, and weight are forces that act upon all aircraft in flight. Understanding how these forces work and knowing how to control them with the use of power and flight controls are essential to flight. This chapter discusses the aerodynamics of flight—how design, weight, load factors, and gravity affect an aircraft during flight maneuvers.

Aerodynamics

Course Objectives

  • Develop the fundamental knowledge of the elements and principles of flight aerodynamics
  • Understand the design characteristics that apply to airplane stability and maneuverability
  • Recognize characteristics related to stall and spin conditions