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Wing Angle of Incidence

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The wing and horizontal stabilizer incidence angle are important components of aircraft design that affect the stability and control of the aircraft. The wing incidence angle is the angle between the chord line of the wing and the longitudinal axis of the aircraft, while the horizontal stabilizer is a fixed or adjustable surface located at the rear of the aircraft that provides stability and control in pitch.

The wing incidence angle is a crucial aspect of aircraft design, as it affects the lift and pitching moment of the wing. A positive wing incidence angle will cause the wing to generate lift, while a negative wing incidence angle can cause the wing to stall or generate a negative pitching moment. The optimal wing incidence angle for an aircraft will depend on the desired flight characteristics, such as takeoff and landing performance, cruise speed, and climb rate.

The horizontal stabilizer is designed to counteract the pitching moment produced by the wing and provide stability and control in pitch. The angle of incidence of the horizontal stabilizer, also known as the angle of attack, is adjustable and can be changed to fine-tune the aircraft's stability and control. In some aircraft, the angle of incidence of the horizontal stabilizer can be adjusted automatically by the aircraft's control system to maintain a desired pitch attitude.




Posted February 4, 2023

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