Wake-Tailplane Interaction of a Slingsby Firefly Aircraft

Nicholas J. Lawson, Simon G. Davies, Bidur Khanal, Rein I. Hoff

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This paper presents in-flight measurements of the interaction of the wing wake of a stalled Slingsby T67 Firefly light aircraft with the aircraft tailplane. Tailplane data was recorded by a GoPro360 camera and analyzed using spatial correlation methods. The tailplane movement and corresponding spectra indicate that the aerodynamic wake shedding frequency closely matches the resonant frequency of the tailplane, resulting in a significant excitation of the structure during heavy stall. Large magnitude, lower frequency tailplane movement was also identified by analysis of the pitch attitude from the image data, with results consistent in post-stall behavior reported by previous modelling and measurements.

Original languageEnglish
Article number787
Number of pages10
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2022

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This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).


  • aerodynamic stall
  • wake body interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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