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Re: pterosaur headcrests



Er, at great risk of getting uncomfortably distant from my personal lilypad--

Assuming the nosewheel fairing is in a fixed position, doesn't the fact that it 
affects the rudder (by tending to make aircraft fly straght when rudder is 
first applied) imply that it is functioning as a "control" mechanism? Or is the 
Cherokee nosewheel fairing synched w/ the rudder (ie, when trailing edge of 
rudder moves right, leading edge of fairing(or crest) moves right)?

Don

----- Original Message ----
From: jrc <jrccea@bellsouth.net>
To: dinosaur@usc.edu
Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2006 8:54:26 PM
Subject: pterosaur headcrests

Hey, Folks.  I've got a question about pterosaur headcrests.  If they were so 
great for steering, why do the very similar nosewheel fairings on Piper 
Cherokees make steering more difficult?  :-)
JimC

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