Minnesota Flyer - Serving Midwest Aviation Since 1960

By Al Alwin
FAASTeam Safety Representative, Wright Brothers Master Pilot 

Flight Controls in Four Phases

 

It's no wonder that students become frustrated with controlling an aircraft when there doesn't seem to be consistency between flight control inputs and aircraft response creating thoughts and comments such as, "I'm never going to get this."

Learning to fly might be less onerous if students understood that flight controls have a unique purpose in each phase of flight. Applying the same inputs to ailerons, rudder and elevator, no matter which "Phase" an aircraft is in is where things become frustrating. To help promote understanding of the changing roles flight controls play, let's analyze th...



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