There are reports that incorrect flight technique associated with spoilers extension during touchdown were contributing factors to pitch increase after landing, causing tail strikes in jet transport aircraft. Why does the spoiler extension causes a pitch up moment in the aircraft after touchdown?


Pitch-up upon spoiler deployment would occur if the spoilers are positioned aft of the center of lift of the wing when in its landing configuration. In this case, the spoiler kills off lift on the aft portion of the wing while the leading side of the wing (in front of the spoilers) is still generating lift. The lift generated by the portion of the wing in front of the spoilers is then not balanced by lift generated by that portion of the wing behind the spoilers, producing a net upwards pitching moment.

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  • $\begingroup$ Does this come from extending the spoilers before the nose is lowered? $\endgroup$ – GdD Jun 3 at 9:30
  • $\begingroup$ After touchdown, aircraft doesnt pitch around center of gravity anymore, but main landing gear wheel axis. So theres different lever arm for spoilers to act with. $\endgroup$ – qq jkztd Jun 3 at 10:46

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