design load factor

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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Consider this scenario: The aircraft is in a dive; the pilot pitches up with enough force and speed to raise the G load on airplane to a typical utility aircraft design load factor of 4.4G.

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