April 2006 Issue

Letters: 04/06

VGs and Stability
With regard to your article in the February 2006 issue on vortex generators, we have VGs on our 1965 B55 Baron. The benefits that Rick Durden describes in the article are confirmed by our experience. But, as with any engineering change, there are compromises.

The first is specific to Barons: The combination of VGs and an open cabin door make the aircraft unstable in pitch, especially at low speeds. Three of the partners in our aircraft have experienced this when the door has popped open in flight. In a VG-equipped Baron, itís critically important to have the door adjusted properly and to confirm the latches are engaged before takeoff.

The second applies t...

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