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Old Sep 24, 2012, 11:17 AM
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Flaps vs Spoilers for XC Sailplanes

Hi all,

I'm wondering why the use of spoilers on XC sailplanes is so low compared to flaps.

As I see it, Flaps:
  • Have the added benefit of enabling you to vary the Camber of the wing's trailing edge (at the center panels) for thermalling
  • Are simpler to build into a wing

But are these the only reasons for the widespread use of flaps over spoilers?



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