Flight Controls Index
New student pilots have a tendency to feel overwhelmed when they are first introduced to the flight controls of their aircraft. The feeling that everything is “backwards” in the flight controls is common among the first time pilots. Some new pilots feel that pushing forward on the flight controls should make the airplane go up, and pulling backwards on the flight controls should make the airplane go down is very common.
A thorough study of the articles listed below should help you understand the why’s and how’s of the functionality of your flight controls. Although it’s not a substitute for real flight training, Flight Learnings also recommends Microsoft Flight Simulator coupled with realistic flight controls to help train muscle memory and to gain a better feel for how your flight controls will function in actual flight.
The articles listed below should give you a solid foundation in learning the functionality of aircraft flight controls:
- Flight Controls
- Flight Control Systems (Part One)
- Flight Controls (Part Two) – Adverse Yaw
- Flight Controls (Part Three) – Ailerons
- Flight Controls (Part Four) – Elevator
- Flight Controls (Part Five) – T-Tail
- Flight Controls (Part Six) – Stabilator
- Flight Controls (Part Seven) – Canard
- Flight Controls (Part Eight) – Rudder
- Flight Controls (Part Nine) – V-Tail
- Secondary Flight Controls (Part One) – Flaps
- Secondary Flight Controls (Part Two) – Leading Edge Devices
- Secondary Flight Controls (Part Three) – Spoilers
- Secondary Flight Controls (Part Four) – Trim Tabs
- Secondary Flight Controls (Part Five) – Balance Tabs and Antiservo Tabs
- Secondary Flight Controls (Part Six) – Ground Adjustable Tabs and Adjustable Stabilizers
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