horizontal stabilizer

The fixed horizontal surface on the tail of conventional airplane. The stabilizer may be adjustable in flight to vary downloads produced by the tail. This permits the airplane to be flown hands-off at any speed.

Aviation dictionary. 2014.

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  • horizontal stabiliser — /hɒrəˌzɒntl ˈsteɪbəlaɪzə/ (say horuh.zontl staybuhluyzuh) noun → tailplane. Also, horizontal stabilizer …   Australian English dictionary

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