February 2015 Issue

Is Stability All That Important For Instrument Work?

When considering an airplane’s stability, we need to distinguish between static and dynamic stability. The FAA’s Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge, FAA-H-8083-25A, says the static version relates to “the aircraft’s initial response when disturbed from a given AoA, slip, or bank.” It comes in three flavors, each of which are depicted at right:

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