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Trivia Teaser: Keeping it centered

True or false: NASA and the USAF designed tailless aircraft. In such aircraft, would it be correct to say that as far as the turn coordinator is concerned, there would be minimal ball movement during all phases of flight?

True or false: NASA and the USAF designed tailless aircraft. In such aircraft, would it be correct to say that as far as the turn coordinator is concerned, there would be minimal ball movement during all phases of flight?

True. The cause is aerodynamics. A tailless aircraft (in this case the X-36) had no vertical tail. In a conventional aircraft these vertical areas generate some pounds of side force when the aircraft is in uncoordinated flight conditions. This side force is what drives the turn coordinator ball away from its centered position. Minimal vertical area means minimal side force, which means minimal ball movement.

 

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Jeff Pardo is an aviation writer in Maryland with commercial ASEL, instrument, helicopter, and glider ratings. He started flying in 1989 and has about 1500 hours. Jeff holds a bachelors in meteorology and oceanography, as well as an MS in marine science. Prior to his present tenure at SES, Jeff worked in flight dynamics for various telecommunication firms for 15 years. He has flown mostly Cessna and Piper airplanes and R-22 helicopters, and has about 70 hours in J3 and Citabria aircraft. He has flown as a mission pilot for the Civil Air Patrol, as a mission pilot for Angel Flight, and he was a contributing editor for AOPA Flight Training for about 10 years.
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