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Secondary Flight Controls (Part Six) – Ground Adjustable Tabs and Adjustable Stabilizers

by Flight Learnings

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Ground Adjustable Tabs

Many small aircraft have a nonmovable metal trim tab on the rudder. This tab is bent in one direction or the other while on the ground to apply a trim force to the rudder. The correct displacement is determined by trial and error. Usually, small adjustments are necessary until the aircraft no longer skids left or right during normal cruising flight. [Figure 5-22]

Figure 5-22. A ground adjustable tab is used on the rudder of many small airplanes to correct for a tendency to fly with the fuselage slightly misaligned with the relative wind.

Figure 5-22. A ground adjustable tab is used on the rudder of many small airplanes to correct for a tendency to fly with the fuselage slightly misaligned with the relative wind.

Adjustable Stabilizer

Rather than using a movable tab on the trailing edge of the elevator, some aircraft have an adjustable stabilizer. With this arrangement, linkages pivot the horizontal stabilizer about its rear spar. This is accomplished by use of a jackscrew mounted on the leading edge of the stabilator. [Figure 5-23]

Figure 5-23. Some airplanes, including most jet transports, use an adjustable stabilizer to provide the required pitch trim forces.

Figure 5-23. Some airplanes, including most jet transports, use an adjustable stabilizer to provide the required pitch trim forces.

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