Aircraft Tail Surfaces and Trim

This is the final tutorial in a five-part mini-series on airframe structures and control surfaces. The previous tutorial focused on wing flap and slat systems. We end this mini-series off with a discussion on the aircraft’s tail section with a focus on the tail’s impact in three primary areas: stability, control, and trim.
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Horizontal and Vertical Tail Design

This is part 8 in the Fundamentals of Aircraft Design series. In the previous posts we’ve looked at both the wing and fuselage in some detail. Now we move onto the aircraft tail section and examine the function of both the horizontal and vertical tail. We’ll then introduce an empirical method to size both surfaces on a new aircraft design.

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