I was about to edit the tag summary for , but then realized it has two different meaning in context of aviation. One for helicopters, and another for fixed-wing aircraft.

Should one or the other get preference? Or should we really create two separate, but equal tags (e.g. and )?


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Maybe it's just me, but I've actually never heard of the second use (for fixed wing aircraft).

I would suggest using for helicopters and for the fixed wing version. There won't be any confusion if the tag wikis are properly written.

If it is a more common term than I realize, the tag wikis could point to each other (in autorotation we could include a comment that says something like "if you are looking for fixed-wing autorotation (also known as a spin), see , and vice-versa.

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    $\begingroup$ I've never heard the second sense used either - I've always heard it described as an "incipient spin". $\endgroup$
    – voretaq7
    Jan 14, 2014 at 3:49
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    $\begingroup$ I've heard it used, but it's pretty uncommon - and there are usually a lot of other terms used with it. $\endgroup$
    – egid
    Jan 14, 2014 at 4:36
  • $\begingroup$ And here I thought "autorotation" in the context of fixed-wing aircraft meant an aircraft with an excessively-aft CoM spontaneously rotating during takeoff. $\endgroup$
    – Vikki
    Apr 25, 2019 at 3:42

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