Pronounced “vee eye” tail. A tailplane, used either by itself or in addition to a trimming tab, in which the incidence can be varied to balance out-of-trim forces. This arrangement is more effective than trim tabs at high Mach numbers. Its method of operation is usually operated mechanically and initiated electrically. See variable-incidence tailplane.
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