During studying for my Air Transport Pilot License (ATPL) I encountered a question answer which said that aft center of pressure movement increases longitudinal stability. If this is true, I cannot seem to wrap my head around the concept of why this is so.

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    Sep 29, 2016 at 13:22
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Moving the CP aft will have the same effect as moving the CG forward: increased longitudinal stability.

The arm of the Lift force is now increased and the ratio of momentum generated by the wing vs horizontal stabilizer is decreased, leading to positive longitudinal stability.


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