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Maneuvering Speed

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So I know that maneuvering speed is affected by weight. My question is, does CG have an affect on Va? Along those lines, are there any other factors affecting maneuvering speed? Or is it just weight?

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  1. KDS on Nov 06, 2017

    Nobody has answered this, so I’ll take a stab at it.

    Maneuvering speed is the speed at which the aircraft will stall before sufficient G load can be placed on it to risk structural damage. Since an airfoil will always stall at the same angle of attack, the question really becomes what would increase the angle of attack. Weight is a big factor. However, as you suggested, CG also causes a change in angle of attack. The more forward CG will require a greater angle of attack. Now add the G load to increase the angle of attack and you have it.

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