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Old 28th Mar 2009, 15:02
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CargoFlyer11
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
Age: 65
Posts: 38
Tailplane..

The pic of the KLM aircraft on approach shows what appears to be a high angle of attack, but in reality is inline with the relative wind - remember the aircraft is in a nose high attitude in descent - because it is inline with the relative wind, that means the tailplane is lightly loaded, as opposed to another aircraft type on approach; the light tail loading (instead of tail downforce) causes increased pitch sensitivity, which is why the MD-11 requires an LSAS system...
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