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Bank Control (Part Two) Heading Indicator

in Airplane Basic Flight Maneuvers - Analog Instrumentation

The bank attitude of an aircraft in coordinated flight is shown indirectly on the heading indicator, since banking results in a turn and change in heading. Assuming the same airspeed in both instances, a rapid movement of the heading indicator (azimuth card in a directional gyro) indicates a large angle of bank, whereas slow movement reflects a small angle of bank. Note the rate of movement of the heading indicator and compare it to the attitude indicator’s degrees of bank. The attitude indicator’s precession error makes a precise check of heading information necessary in order to maintain straight flight.

When deviations from straight flight are noted on the heading indicator, correct to the desired heading using a bank angle no greater than the number of degrees to be turned. In any case, limit bank corrections to a bank angle no greater than that required for a standard rate turn. Use of larger bank angles requires a very high level of proficiency, and normally results in overcontrolling and erratic bank control.


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