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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What is the angle of attack of horizontal stabilizer?

It 'appears' that in most flights the horizontal stabilizer is set for positive angle of attack. So does this produce an 'up force' (lifting force) on tail thus making the aircraft nose-heavy? Or ...
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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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Is there a difference in stability between a tail downforce (cg ahead of ac) and a tail upforce (cg behind)?

So from what I understand, having a - 1.cg ahead of the neutral point(ac) with a tail downforce and 2.cg behind ac with a tail upforce are both stable configurations.(Please correct me if I'm ...
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Is trimming for constant speed equal to trimming for constant angle of attack?

My understanding of trim: When you say you have trimmed an aircraft for a constant speed, say 100 mph, you are actually trimming the horizontal stabilizer so that there are no forces on stick (or tail ...
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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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Why is a blunt trailing edge a better stabilizer at hypersonic speeds?

Here is what I read about the X-15 spaceplane: The X-15 had a thick wedge tail to enable it to fly in a steady manner at hypersonic speeds.[14] This produced a significant amount of drag at lower ...
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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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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 would a stretch variant need a larger horizontal stabilizer?

With the 787-10 stretch, Vedad Mahmulyin (a Boeing engineer) saved the company millions by implementing a software solution that negated the need to enlarge the horizontal stabilizer. Software again ...
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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 ...
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How do the vortices affect the flow of the horizontal stabilizer upon leaving the wing?

Other than the downwash effect, what other factors that affect the flow to the horizontal stabilizer? such as Dynamic Pressure? Air Flow Disturbance?