Ailerons

Ailerons

An aileron (French for ‘little wing’) is a hinged flight control surface usually forming part of the trailing edge of each wing of a fixed-wing aircraft. Also refers to the extremities of a bird’s wings used to control their flight. Ailerons are used...
Why planes have winglets

Why planes have winglets

Why planes have winglets_top A Boeing 737 Boeing. Ever look out the window of a plane or watch as it pulls up to the gate? Have you ever wondered why some planes have pointy bits at the ends of the winglets? What you see are “winglets,” and they have...
Tomorrow’s Wings

Tomorrow’s Wings

The airfoils and flight control surfaces of the future might be very different than what we’re used to. Think engines, lots of them, and bird wings. If you’ve been around aviation for any length of time, you know a few stories about so-called revolutionary aircraft...