Flight investigation of the effectiveness of an automatic aileron trim control device for personal airplanes

Phillips, William H., Kuehnel, Helmut A., Whitten, James B.
naca-report-1304
1957


A flight investigation to determine the effectiveness of an automatic aileron trim control device installed in a personal airplane to augment the apparent spiral stability has been conducted. The device utilizes a rate-gyro sensing element in order to switch an on-off type of control that operates the ailerons at a fixed rate through control centering springs. An analytical study using phase-plane and analog-computer methods has been carried out to determine a desirable method of operation for the automatic trim control.

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