Videns From Argentina, joined Mar 2004, 133 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1926 times:
What are the speeds at which flight surfaces start having an effect on an aircraft?
eg: when an airplane is taxiing, none of the flight surfaces have any effect on what the airplane does...
Any flight surface/aircraft combination info appreciated...
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WILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9127 posts, RR: 76
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1788 times:
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during take off roll u use the rudder pedals to keep the aircraft on the centerline. This happens because the nose wheel is connected to the rudder pedals and you have a steering angle of about 3.5° in each direction! At about 60-80 kts the rudder on the tail is effective that you can hold the aircraft on the centerline only with the aerodynamic forces of the rudder! So, you can say at about 60-80 kts the filght controls become effective...
FredT From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 2185 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1737 times:
They don't become effective at one defined airspeed. They are effective in proportion to the dynamic pressure, which is proportional to the airspeed squared. At a very small airspeed, they are effective but perhaps not effective enough to control the aircraft, depending on what you do. At twice that airspeed, they are four times as effective... which might just be enough.
It is like asking "at which temperature does cold water turn into warm water". There's no answer as it all depends on what you are trying to use it for!
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