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What are some limitations on airplane flaps?

Besides not using flaps beyond the flap operating range (White arc on the airspeed indicator).

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I agree with above, I would add that Flaps are there to give you a speeper angle of approach and it also lowers your stall speed. That being said it also increases you drag. I have landed with with and without flaps i much prefer some flaps. BTW i have flown gliders with NO flaps, you must gage height on final circuit carefully.

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Usually it is airspeed of the aircraft. Each aircraft has different airspeed requirements for operation the flaps or landing gear. Usually that speed is determined by the airframe manufacturers and the design of the flap system component. You could built it strong enough to handle any airspeed, but a plane can only carry so much weight. If you built everything to work without any limitations you might have an airplane too heavy to fly. Designing a plane is a balance between lifting capability and weight. Both of these are important design parameters.

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