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Marginal stable airplane

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boneh3ad
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Sep22-10, 08:50 PM
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I'm going to make it a point to use it in conversation to sound smart tomorrow, lol.
Every time I try to do this, I forget within about 30 minutes.
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Sep22-10, 09:13 PM
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Every time I try to do this, I forget within about 30 minutes.
Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.

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Sep22-10, 09:19 PM
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Nice try, but it doesn't really apply here, chief.
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Sep23-10, 03:18 AM
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Maybe I'm missing something here because I didn't start flying until 1975, but I have never heard of a "neutral point" in relation to an aeroplane.

edit: Alright, I have heard of it, but it was in relation to the mile-high club, so I doubt that it is relevant to this thread.
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Maybe I'm missing something here because I didn't start flying until 1975, but I have never heard of a "neutral point" in relation to an aeroplane.
Of course you have! You just didn't know it. I'm sure you were taught about CG movement for an airplane and the need to be sure how far aft the CG may move- for instance as you add passengers and bags for a GA airplane.

CG moving aft of the neutral point means bad juju!
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Sep23-10, 07:32 PM
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Of course you have! You just didn't know it. I'm sure you were taught about CG movement for an airplane and the need to be sure how far aft the CG may move- for instance as you add passengers and bags for a GA airplane.

CG moving aft of the neutral point means bad juju!
Okay, yeah... I've never heard it called that, though.
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Okay, yeah... I've never heard it called that, though.
It's not. They're confusing it with the center of pressure. The neutral point and the center of pressure are very closely related, but they're not synonomous.
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It's not. They're confusing it with the center of pressure. The neutral point and the center of pressure are very closely related, but they're not synonomous.
No one's said anything about center of pressure here. I'm a bit confused about this post.
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Sep28-10, 07:19 AM
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No one's said anything about center of pressure here. I'm a bit confused about this post.
When the CG is located at the neutral point, the aircraft is on the line between dynamic stability and instability. The neutral point is fixed. The center of pressure, however, changes with flight control manipulation. It's close to the neutral point, but not precisely so.

For dynamic stability the CG is located forward of both.


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