tailplane


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tailplane

a small horizontal wing at the tail of an aircraft to provide longitudinal stability

tailplane

tailplane
i. A nearly horizontal airfoil at the tail of an airplane that provides stability in pitching. It has an elevator hinged to its trailing edge. The tailplane can be trimmed from the cockpit.
ii. A pivoted airfoil at the tail of an airplane whose movement up and down is controlled by the pilot through the control column. It has no elevator and can be trimmed besides providing the pitch control for the aircraft. Also called a stabilator
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