limit load factor


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limit load factor

A specified load below which structural members or parts are designed not to fail. If the load factor is higher than the design load factor, either permanent deformation or failure may occur. Also called a design load factor. See gust envelope.
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It's a happy coincidence that 4 G is close to the Normal category limit load factor of 3.
So, if we slow the airplane to a speed which is no more than half the stall speed at our current weight, we'll never subject a Utility-category airplane to more than its limit load factor and only rarely will do so when flying one certificated in the Normal category.
At slightly more than 80 degrees, the load factor exceeds the limit of 6 G, the limit load factor of an acrobatic airplane.