(Heflin, 1956) is a phenomenon experienced by aircraft on the ground.
Aircraft on the ground have a natural pivoting point on an axis through the main landing gear
contact points . As most of the side area of an aircraft will typically be behind this pivoting point, any crosswind
will create a yawing moment
tending to turn the nose of the aircraft into the wind (Denker, n.d.; FAA, 2004).
It is not to be confused with directional stability
, as experienced by aircraft in flight (Anderson, 1989).
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Denker, John S. (n.d.). See how it flies
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FAA (2004). Airplane Flying Handbook
. Washington D.C.:U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, FAA-8083-3A.
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