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The Aircraft Controls

Lydd aero Club

Lydd Airport, Kent, TN29 9QL

01797 320734

 

email: lyddaero@btconnect.com


To assist the first time student - a brief description of the main flying controls

 

THE AILERONS

These are the movable surfaces situated at the outer trailing edges of the wings

Moving the control column left moves the ailerons, causing the aircraft to roll to the left, and vice versa.

The ailerons move in opposite directions to one another.

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THE ELEVATOR

This is the moveable part of the horizontal tailplane which, when the control column is moved forward, causes the nose of the aircraft to pitch down.

Conversely, when the column is moved backward, the nose of the aircraft pitches up.

The elevator controls 'pitch'.

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THE RUDDER

This is the control surface on the vertical fin, and is operated by use of the rudder pedals.

In flight, press the left pedal and the nose of the aircraft moves to the left; press the right pedal and the nose of the aircraft moves to the right.

This movement of the nose position in flight is known as 'yaw'.

On the ground the rudder pedals operate the nose wheel steering.

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THE FLAPS

The flaps may be used both on take off and landing. They are on the inner trailing edge of the wing.

They are used to:

  • Increase lift – for example on a short runway,
  • To reduce stall speed – for example, on landing a slower approach speed is possible (because of the lower stall speed) using flaps.

They also provide a braking effect.

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