Charts of airplane acceleration ratio for gusts of arbitrary shape

Bernard Mazelsky
naca-tn-2036
Feb 1950


The equation of vertical motion for an airplane flying in gusty air is simplified in order that its solution is a function of only two parameters, namely, the mass parameter of the airplane and the shape of the gust the airplane is penetrating. The solutions of the equation are presented in the form of charts that can be used for estimating rapidly and easily the acceleration ratios encountered by airplanes with different mass parameters penetrating a sharp-edge gust, a gust of arbitrary shape, or a triangular gust.

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