I'm aware of hydraulic, mechanical, and electrical ways to control flight control surfaces on an aircraft, but are there any examples of control surfaces which are remotely controlled? Can you explain their working? Also, will this system come under Remote Position Control (servomechanism), or is it something different?


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  • $\begingroup$ Would RC models qualify? $\endgroup$ – Peter Kämpf Dec 11 '16 at 9:45
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    $\begingroup$ By remote control do you mean wireless? I'd be extremely surprised if there was a case. Opens up hacking possibilities. $\endgroup$ – Notts90 Dec 11 '16 at 10:14
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    $\begingroup$ Hydraulic, mechanical, and electrical actuation already is remote control of control surfaces. Can you describe better what you have in mind? Do you mean wireless? Do you mean remote control from cockpit, or from ground? $\endgroup$ – bogl Dec 11 '16 at 10:18
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    $\begingroup$ @HoodedSilhouette98 No, really, what do you mean by "remotely controlled"? The control surfaces are controlled from the cockpit. They are not in the cockpit. Therefore, in the ordinary English langauge sense of the term, they are remotely controlled. What do you mean when you use the words "remotely controlled"? $\endgroup$ – David Richerby Dec 11 '16 at 10:45
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    $\begingroup$ From the bold extract, it seems the question boils down to "explain how a RPC works for a given control surface". $\endgroup$ – mins Dec 11 '16 at 12:38

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