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Flight evaluation of the effect of winglets on performance and handling qualities of a single-engine general aviation airplaneA flight evaluation was conducted to determine the effects of winglets on the performance and handling qualities of a light, single-engine general aviation airplane. The performance measurements were made with a pace airplane to provide calibrated airspeeds; uncalibrated panel instruments in the test airplane were used to provide additional quantitative performance data. These tests were conducted with winglets on and off during the same day to measure relative performance effects. Handling qualities were evaluated by means of pilot comments. Winglets increased cruise speed 8 knots (5.6 percent) at 3962 m (13,000 ft) density altitude and 51 percent maximum continuous power setting. Maximum speed at 3962 m was virtually unchanged. Rate of climb increased approximately 6 percent, or 0.25 m/sec (50 ft/min), at 1524 m (5000 ft). Stall speed was virtually unchanged. Handling qualities were favorably affected.
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Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Holmes, B. J.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Vandam, C. P.
(Kansas Univ. Lawrence, United States)
Brown, P. W.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Deal, P. L.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 4, 2013
Publication Date
December 1, 1980
Subject Category
Aeronautics (General)
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Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 530-01-13-01
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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