Questions tagged [horizontal-stabilizer]

Questions about the surfaces that typically extend out from the left and right sides of an aircraft's tail, providing longitudinal stability and a place to mount the elevators.

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Does static longitudinal stability require download on the tail?

After having encountered this meme too often for comfort, I ask myself today in order to have the possibility to explain the issue in detail.
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Does the wake from horizontal stabilizers merge with the wing wake?

There is already a long series of questions about the downwash and tip vortexes with nice images, but I'm going to add another one... Large airliners (A380, B747-8) have horizontal stabilizers ...
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Why do tailplanes provide down force, if not for longitudinal static stability?

We can see that most conventional aircraft have their horizontal tail surfaces arranged to provide a down force. This question asks if that is required for static longitudinal stability, and the ...
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Why does the DC-10's horizontal stabilizer have such a pronounced dihedral?

If you look at this picture, you'll see that the horizontal stabilizer has a very pronounced dihedral in comparison to the wings. Could somebody explain in a simple way why? I understand that a ...
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Is setting elevator to certain angle equal to trimming the horizontal stabilizer?

(I was trying to understand the longitudinal stability of aircraft and how it is related to elevator) If I pull the stick back by, say 2 inches, will it have the same affect as trimming the ...
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Are there cases where a double horizontal stabilizer is useful?

I was watching Agents of Shield recently, and in it the team fly a plane that's claimed to be a modified C-17 Globemaster. It has two extra engines, rotary turrets, and, according to the wiki, a pair ...
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How do elevator servo and anti-servo (geared) tabs differ?

(Community work) Image shows tab deflection direction in relation to an upward deflected elevator. How do elevator servo and anti-servo (geared) tabs differ in handling? How to decide on which tab to ...
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What are the checklist items for a runaway stab trim on a B737 MAX 8 and MAX 9?

This is a follow up question to this question. This question is not directly related to the MCAS system in the new B737 MAX aircraft, instead, my question is about the checklist for a runaway stab ...
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Does the A320 Trimmable Horizontal Stabilizer automatically reset after landing?

Does the A320's Trimmable Horizontal Stabilizer (THS) automatically reset after landing? If so, is there any condition where it doesn't? And what about the rudder trim? I'm asking because I'm ...
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How the stabilizer cutout switch functionality has changed from Boeing 737 NG to 737 MAX?

The Boeing 737 NG has stabilizer trim cutout switches marked as MAIN ELECT (left) and AUTOPILOT (right). Turning off the right switch disables automatic stabilizer trim in autopilot mode and automatic ...
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How much does the horizontal stabilizer on a 737 move for one unit of trim?

Inspired by this question, what exactly is the meaning of a stab trim unit? Is it exactly one degree of stabilizer movement? The 737 NG FCOMv2 (9.20.9 Flight Controls - System Description) only lists ...
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Why did Concorde not have horizontal stabilizers?

The Concorde did not have horizontal stabilizers or elevators. As a result, the pilots have to move fuel around the aircraft to trim it up or down, as sluggish and hazardous move. Why did the design ...
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What is hinge moment?

What is hinge moment? Why in the process of calculating it we must calculate the coefficient of hinge in 2D? Why the distribution of airfoil thickness at 90%, 95%, and 99% of the line should be ...