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== Uses in plane bulding ==
 
== Uses in plane bulding ==
The center of lift in a plane defines its behavior in flight. Depending on where is located, the shifting weight of fuel and location in relation to the [[center of mass]] can turn a plane very unstable. It's recommended to place the center of lift slightly behind the center of mass, to prevent it from being behind the center of lift, otherwise making it unstable and hard to maneuver.
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The location of the center of lift in relation to a plane's [[center of mass]] defines the plane's behavior in flight. Depending on where the center of lift is placed, the consumption of fuel may affect the center of mass in such a way that the plane becomes back-heavy and very unstable over time. To counteract this, it's recommended to place the center of lift slightly behind the center of mass, as this will keep the plane stable throughout the flight despite the shifting weight of the fuel.
  
 
== See also ==
 
== See also ==
 
* [[Center of mass]]
 
* [[Center of mass]]
 
* [[Center of thrust]]
 
* [[Center of thrust]]

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The center of lift within the center of mass indicator
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The center of lift is one of three measurable forces used mainly in planes, showing axis and direction of lift, provided by wings, control surfaces and winglets. Inside the editor is showed as a cyan ball (axis) along with an arrow (direction of the lift).

Uses in plane bulding

The location of the center of lift in relation to a plane's center of mass defines the plane's behavior in flight. Depending on where the center of lift is placed, the consumption of fuel may affect the center of mass in such a way that the plane becomes back-heavy and very unstable over time. To counteract this, it's recommended to place the center of lift slightly behind the center of mass, as this will keep the plane stable throughout the flight despite the shifting weight of the fuel.

See also