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Basic Flight Controls

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All airplanes are controlled in 3 axis.

To do this, we have 3 PRIMARY flight controls
  • Ailerons (roll)
  • Elevator (pitch)
  • Rudder (yaw)
Examples of Secondary Flight Controls:
  • Flaps
  • Trim
Axis of Movement:

The airplane moves about these three axis, and all of these axis meet at one central point which is the CENTER OF GRAVITY.

  • Longitudinal axis (long axis from nose to tail, ailerons roll the airplane around this axis)
  • Lateral axis (this axis goes wingtip to wingtip, the airplane pitches about this axis controlled by the elevator)
  • Vertical axis (a vertical line from the bottom up, the airplane yaws about this axis controlled by the rudder).