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Aircraft Structual Strength

Reader comment on item: Why Did American Airlines 587 Crash?

Submitted by PilotRob@msn.com (United States), Jan 9, 2008 at 06:47

Airliners are built to take turbulence encounters, mostly by bending or flexing. Major turbulence encounters are today recorded and the aircraft is inspected accordingly with xray devices and/or whatnot to ensure structual integrity before return to normal service,

The foregoing having been said, I am, and always have been, suspicious of joining two materials having very different "flex" qualiites to share basically the same load(s) as in the case of the Airbus carbon-fibre/steel combo vertical stabilizer.

Also, this Airbus rudder system is designed counter-intuitively in terms of rudder travel
at different airspeeds for the same effect. Rudder pedal travel should remain basically the same in pedal travel. You should not need less


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