gust envelope

gust envelope

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Gust and load limit diagram.
A basic aircraft design envelope that indicates the safe operating limits of an aircraft of given weight in gusty conditions. The air speed is on the X-axis of the envelope, and the load factor is on Y-axis. The illustration indicates the load factor experienced by an aircraft when gust values are 30 and 45 ft per second.
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Older airplanes were built to a standard calling for a gust envelope of 15 fps to 30 fps vertical--about nine and 18 knots, respectively.
Above that speed, as reflected in the gust envelope diagram on page 21, the airplane's ability to withstand gusts diminishes.
When a g-loading diagram is overlaid with predicted gusts, it becomes a gust envelope.