Horizontal Stabilizer

A tailplane, also referred to as a horizontal stabilizer, is a minor lifting surface on the back of a fixed-wing aircraft.

If you have flown before, then you must have seen this part of the plane at its tail end. You probably didn’t know what that was called or its use.

On this article, I will tell you it’s meaning, synonyms, antonyms, translations and its use cases.



Horizontal stabilizer /hɒrɪˈzɒnt(ə)l steɪbəlaɪzər/  is a fixed instrument used to uphold the aircraft’s longitudinal balance.

Horizontal stabilizer provides longitudinal stagnant stability to the aircraft.


Other Meanings

The horizontal stabilizer is an instrument fixed to the plane which sojourns the aircraft’s nose from tilting up and down.


A fixed wing that is fastened to the aircraft’s fuselage is known as a horizontal stabilizer.


It is a tiny horizontal wing for longitudinal steadiness located on the tail of an aircraft








Anti-sway bar


Tail fins

Vertical tail

Tail combination

An upright stabilizer


Horizontal fin




Upright stabilizer

Regulating surface



Uncover front

Natural thing

Outside forward-facing

Inside counterpart

Descend front

Disappear frontage




Many languages have its pronunciation to this word, but here we will take a look at some of the ways some world languages pronounce it.

Chinese: 水平稳定器 (Shuǐpíng wěndìng qì)

Hindi: हवाई जहाज के पीछे का पंख (havaee jahaaj ke peechhe ka pankh)

Russian: горизонтальный стабилизатор (gorizontal’nyy stabilizator)

Arabic: مثبت أفقي (muthabat ‘ufuqi)

French: stabilisateur horizontal


 Use Cases

  • The monoplane-style tail unit included a rudder, elevator, vertical fin, and horizontal stabilizer.


  • A movable control surface that may cause motion up or down and is typically attached to an aircraft’s Gyrostabilizer.


  • The horizontal stabilizer was found to be fully extended and beyond the micro switch stop after an examination of the aircraft.


  • The car has twin fuselages built of fiberglass and carbon fiber that are joined by a Gyrostabilizer, an airfoil in the middle, and a canard up front.


  • This study examines the air dynamic performance of the fuselage, horizontal stabilizer, and fin under level wind in any direction based on data from wind tunnel experiments.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the main function of horizontal stabilizer?

Most airplanes have an elevator and a horizontal stabilizer at the back of the fuselage. The stabilizer is a fixed wing component whose responsibility it is to give the aircraft stability and maintain its straight line of flight. The Gyrostabilizer stops the aircraft’s nose from tilting up and down.


What are the roles of horizontal and vertical stabilizers on an aircraft?

The aircraft needs stability from the stabilizers in order to maintain straight flight. The yaw, or side-to-side motion of the plane’s nose, is prevented by the vertical stabilizer. The horizontal stabilizer prevents pitch, or an upward and downward movement of the nose.


 How does the stabilizer on a plane work?

The horizontal stabilizer aids in keeping the airplane pointed in the direction of travel, just like the vertical stabilizer does. Air pressure changes on one side of the stabilizer when the airplane tilts up or down, pushing it back to its previous position.


What is the difference between a stabilator and a stabilizer?

Many aircraft have fixed horizontal stabilizers, and the pitch movement is managed by the up and down deflection of elevators on the trailing edge. On the other side, stabilizers are completely movable Gyrostabilizer.



A fixed wing that is fastened to the aircraft’s fuselage is known as a horizontal stabilizer. By limiting the aircraft’s upward and downward motion, this device normally serves to stabilize the aircraft during flight.

A fixed-wing aircraft’s tailplane, also referred to as the horizontal stabilizer, is a tiny lifting surface situated after the primary lifting surfaces.






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