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1.5.

COMPONENTS OF A TYPICAL AIRCRAFT

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and down. 3. The outboard hinged part of the wing is called the aileron; it is used to roll the wings from side to side. 4. Most airplanes can also be rolled from side to side by using the spoilers. Spoilers are small plates that are used to disrupt the ow over the wing and to change the amount of force by decreasing the lift when the spoiler is deployed. The wings have additional hinged, rear sections near the body that are called aps. Flaps are deployed downward on takeo and landing to increase the amount of force produced by the wing. On some aircraft, the front part of the wing will also deect and it is called slats. Slats are used at takeo and landing to produce additional load. The spoilers are also used during landing to slow the plane down and to counteract the aps when the aircraft is on the ground. The fuselage is the body of the aircraft and it holds all the components together. The pilots sit in the cockpit (front of the fuselage) and the passengers and cargo are carried in the rear of the fuselage. Some aircraft carry fuel in the fuselage, while others carry the fuel in the wings.

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Wings

Figure 1.4: Geometry and nomenclature of a wing. Figure 1.4 helps us understand some fundamental denitions of a wing. The terms dened here are used throughout the aircraft industry. Although actual aircraft wings are complex three-dimensional