REVISED OSTIV GROUND LOADS STANDARDS
Keywords:Structures, Materials, Design, Safety
AbstractConcen has been expressed regarding the adequacy of the shock-absorption and emergency-landing standards to which sailplanes are designed. Consequently, the Sailplane Development Panel (S.D.P) has for some years made an intensive study of both emergency (crash) conditions and shock absorption in normal landings. Also the OSTIV standards were incomplete as no nose-wheel or tail-skid impact cases were included. It was therefore decided to review the ground loads standards in their entirety. This paper describes briefly the changes now made, the reasons for them, and some critical details.
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