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The human operator, the least reliable element of an aerodyne, but the most essential...!
Frank Caron (1991)

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Nice to know - Aerodyne

Aerodynes are ll heavier-than-air flying tool deriving lift from motion whose lift is obtained by means of aerodynamic loads.

An aerodyne has lift only if it is dynamic: it draws it from the movement.
airplanes, sailplanes or gliders, kites, autogyros and helicopters are aerodynes in opposition to airships or dirigible of which lift, said static, results from the use of a gas lighter than the air. The aerodynes have surfaces known as lifting surfaces which include:

(1) airfoil or aerofoil is a part or surface, such as a wing, propeller blade, or rudder, whose shape influences control, direction, thrust, lift, or propulsion; it is a surface designed to produce lift from the movement of air over on it; ideally, it should present the greatest amount of lift with the least amount of drag.

(2) empennages, at the tail portion of an aircraft, made up of horizontal, vertical or obliques surfaces which make it possible to ensure the stability and the control of the flight dynamics on the 3 axis: pitch, roll and yaw.

A380 Piaggio Avanti
kite1 kite2 kite3
V22 Osprey
airships (powered) or balloons (not powered)
skydiving or parachuting

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