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Aerodynamics is the study of how air flows around objects.

Aerodynamic Terms
Angle of Attack

Angle Between Chord Line & Relative Wind

Relative Wind

The direction of the airstream in


relation to the airfoil

Aerodynamic Terms
Lift
Is the force that acts in an upward direction to support the aircraft in the air. It counteracts the effects of weight. Lift must be greater than or equal to weight if flight is to be sustained. Lift acts perpendicular to relative wind

Weight
The force of gravity acting downward on the aircraft and everything in the aircraft, such as fuel and cargo.

LIFT

WEIGHT

Aerodynamic Terms
Drag

Parallel & Opposite to Relative Wind

Thrust Forward force propelling airplane through air

TAF
LIFT

DRAG

WEIGHT

Drag
Types of Drag
Induced: Caused by the

Production of Lift Parasite: All Drag Not Caused by Lift

Airfoil Force Vectors

AIRFLOW

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