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Originally Posted by luke352 View Post
There is a difference between sensitivity and authority.
What's the difference? I'm not being a smart alec - I just want to understand.

Thinking out loud, perhaps a hypothetical airframe could be said to lack directional stability, which would mean that frequent input from the pilot is required to keep it pointing in any given direction, maybe because its tail surfaces are comparatively small.

Personally, I don't detect any such tendencies with the Bandit. It doesn't appear to want to pitch up or down on its own, meaning its directionally stable in that plane. But if I do crank the elevator input, it can respond very strongly, if that's the current rates+expo setup. That's what I'd assume is meant by "pitch sensitivity" - the aircraft is sensitive to pitch input from the pilot.

Or is there a better definition for "pitch sensitivity"?
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