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    The other cost of having flaps is added weight and complexity. We spend most of the flight carrying around something we only use for takeoffs and landings. That unfortunately is just the cost of doing business.
    There is always a trade off between weight, control and redundancyl. Sig other is currently overseeing design work on various control surfaces and running presentations by for critique. I certainly appreciate the Control Surfaces For Dummies diary. I haven't paid attention to fixed wing configuration for many years. These diaries are  helpful.

    You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes. -Mother Jones

    by northsylvania on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 01:04:57 PM PDT

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    •  So you're a propellerhead? (3+ / 0-)
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      ozsea1, realalaskan, ER Doc

      Bloody dual-control-column rotary-wing propheads, as my father would say. ;)

      Seriously, I wish I were better at flying helicopters.  I'd have a far easier time getting a (really well paying) job as a Survival Flight or medical charter pilot, then I am as a molecular virologist!

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