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How does control system design ensure correct elevator position with the steering system unlocked?

I’m having some trouble answering the following problem encountered in one of the worksheets for aviation students: The plane shown in the picture stands on the runway. The pilot, while getting off, ...
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what is considered a good pedal performance in a fighter?

What is considered a good performance in designing the directional control law in a fighter? Is it acceptable to have some roll when using a pedal? For example, is it acceptable to have 40 degrees ...
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Does the pilot always need to use stick to compensate roll caused by pedal?

When the pilot uses pedal in a fighter like F-18, does the aircraft roll? If so, is it the pilot's job to compensate this roll or the control system compensates it automatically? In other words, is it ...
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Control surface deflection during takeoff

What is a reasonable (or typical) control surface deflections required for takeoff? I would like to know two ball park values if possible elevator deflection for conventional transport aircraft ...
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Why are there no high wing Canard airplanes?

Just had a thought about canard airplanes while looking at the Tu-144 that features a canard surface on the top of its fuselage. Are there any high-wing aircraft with a top or bottom mounted canard? ...
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How are control surface problems in wings having high bending dealt with?

In some aircraft which have large wing deflection due to bending, do ailerons or flaps not get stuck or bent themselves? In the case where hinging axis is also bent how do ailerons operate?
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How exactly do the Beechcraft 1900's stabilons work?

The Beechcraft 1900, in addition to the usual wings and vertical and horizontal stabilizers, and the extra vertical tail surfaces added for improved directional stability, has a pair of horizontal ...
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What is the maximum control surfaces deflection on a Cessna 210N?

Does someone know how far the control surfaces (rudder, ailerons, elevator and nose gear) can deflect in a Cessna 210N? I've been searching Google and the POH for hours now and can't find it.
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Why would control-surface balance horns cause problems at transonic speeds?

On many aircraft, control surfaces such as elevators, ailerons, rudders, etc., have "horns" which extend forwards of the surface's hingeline, wrapping around the tip of the wing or ...
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Do the different spoilers on an A321 extend by different amounts? [duplicate]

I recently flew with an A321 and watched the left wing while the pilot tested the control surfaces before lift off. I noticed that one of the spoilers angled upwards much less than all others. In the ...
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Why are the grid fins on Starship pointy and sharp?

The grid fins on Starship are serrated, why? Does it help in transonic maneuvers? Source: Starbase Factory Tour with Elon Musk [Part 1], YouTube, at 30:28
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Angle of Attack influence on Adverse Yaw

we are analyzing an aircraft's lateral-directional control characteristics with self-made code. We have observed that the aileron's influence on the body axis yaw moment is quite sensitive to the ...
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What are the degree markers on the tail of this MD-10 for? [duplicate]

I took this picture of of Orbis's McDonnell Douglas MD-10-30. Tail: N330AU. What purpose do the 0 and 2 degree markers serve?
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Replacing cyclical control with tilt-able rotor using EV motors and servos

I understand the traditional reasons for cyclical control (with swash plates) on helicopters; ie, avoid gyro effect, shaft can be fixed. However, if the power plant was a modern EV motor, and ...
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What should a pilot do if none of the control surfaces are responding? [closed]

What would a pilot do if none of the control surfaces are responding? For example, a pilot flies a medium-sized plane and to make the situation a bit less hectic, they're the only one onboard. Then ...
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What suits best for lateral controllability at high Angle of Attacks- a vortex generator or wing slots?

At high angle of attacks, the prominent problem is the separation of airflow. And if this airflow separation is near ailerons, we lose lateral controllability. And the solution is making the flow ...
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Why does the Cessna 208 Amphibian have extra tail surfaces?

Mark Harkin, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons I've seen extra tail surfaces that look like additional vertical stabilizers on the C208 Amphibian. Why is there a need for this? I can't imagine that ...
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Under what circumstances does the F-16 and possibly similar fighters deploy leading edge slats?

What does the F-16 (perhaps other fighters as well) use to decide when to deploy leading edge flaps? I would assume angle of attack, airspeed, stick deflection, or some combination of the three, are ...
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Do the stabilators on the F/A-18 also have a roll function similar to the F-22?

I'm curious about the F/A-18C. I know it has ailerons, but they seem too small to be greatly effective at low speeds. Do the stabilators have a roll function as well? If so, is there a speed at which ...
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Can flaps be used to perform rotation and flare?

TL; DR using flaps to directly control sink/climb rate near ground = simpler and faster response = easy to fly airplane? Rotating is the pitch up during takeoff that causes the aircraft to leave the ...
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What are typical control surface deflection "rate" limits for transport airplanes?

I was wondering if anyone knows what are some typical control surface/actuator deflection "rate" limits for transport airplanes (i.e. aileron/elevator/rudder deflection rates)? I haven't ...
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What does gravity compensation do in flight control?

In flight control designs for lateral directional movement, there is a block named "gravity compensation". This block changes yaw rate measurement from "$r$" to "$r-g/Vcos(\...
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Why do the ailerons of this flying wing work oppositely compared to those of an airplane?

I made this simple wing glider and put some ailerons on it. I thought that the ailerons in this glider would work the same way it works on airplanes, wherein the roll will be in the direction of the ...
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How do tailless aircraft yaw? [duplicate]

I was doing research on control surfaces present on an aircraft and I noticed that some aircraft like the B2 Spirit does not have a vertical tail stabilizer and therefore no rudder either. How do ...
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In missiles, what actuators are used for the control surfaces?

In a normal airplane, hydraulics or even cable-pulled systems are used to power the control surfaces. In a missile, that seems infeasible. What device is used to move the control surfaces, and where ...
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What, if any, would be the most correct term for the aerodynamic flight control surfaces of SpaceX's Starship?

SpaceX's Starship uses a unique flight control scheme during descent that I have not seen anywhere except with skydivers: it falls straight down belly-first using four aerodynamic control surfaces at ...
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What is the benefit of a horn control surface?

Like the one above. Is it just so that you can hinge closer to the leading edge of the aileron or control surface? Why did the designers of the ATR-72 elect to use this feature?
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How do fighter jets stop pitching motion after a elevator deflection?

I'm working on a flight simulator , In which the jet has only ailerons , rudder , and two elvators at the back . When I nose up my aircraft via elevator deflection , it just keeps pitching up ( even ...
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What control surfaces do I need to move to do a roll in a model aircraft?

Figured that this was the better site to ask than drone SE, but if I'm wrong just let me know. I'm making a spitfire model and was just wondering how do I do a roll? I have elevator, rudder, and two ...
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On large aircraft, why do flaperons not run the full length?

This is a 777 flaperon. It looks rather tiny, compared to the flap. There have been air disasters where the airplane rolled uncontrollably for one reason or the other. It seems to me that a larger ...
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What is the name of Control equipment? [closed]

I wanted to know the name of equipment that controls the control surfaces of an aircraft by taking commands from the pilot through it's hotas stick. The aircraft could be a combat 50's or 60's a/c, so ...
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Why does the Eurofighter Typhoon have a long arm canard versus the close coupled canard of the Dassault's Rafale or the JAS-39 Gripen?

The Rafale and the Gripen are quite similar but the Eurofighter Typhoon has the canards far forward. I've been told that this was due to the shape of the air intake. Apparently the Typhoon's air ...
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How do linear actuators for flight controls work in fighter jets?

I've built some rc planes and know that in order to control an aileron in a rc plane, that you need a servo, a control horn(sticking out of the aileron), and a pushrod. However, I was wondering how ...
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Is there any non-experimental way to obtain CL, CD, and CM as a function of the angle of attack and the control surface deflection angle?

I am working on a flight simulator for control algorithm testing. The issue I am facing is to come up with a relationship between CL/CD/CM and the angle of attack ($\alpha$) and the control surface ...
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Why does the zeppelin NT tail use 3 fins?

I don't if I use the correct vocabulary. By "fin", I mean the control surface at the tail of the airship. As a control surface, it contains a moving part. As airship used to have at least 4 fins at ...
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In an F-18, how do rudders deflect during cross winds and gusts? Can rudders be deflected by different angles?

Deflection of rudders can balance moment about the centre of gravity. I have thought of non-symmetric deflection of rudders so that net sideward force is create to balance the moment about the center ...
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In simple mechanical stick linkages, is there crosstalk between the aileron and the elevator movement?

The background story: I'm an aviation enthusiast (who has played a lot of sim in his life and will play lots more :D) but I've never actually flown any plane myself, as in, actually used the controls ...
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What are some common aileron failures?

There are a few parts to the control system for an aileron in a light aircraft, such as the rods, bellcrank, cables, chains etc. What are the main reasons for aileron failures and what parts wear the ...
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How is the control surface configuration of predator/reaper for redundancy system?

In commercial aircraft like Airbus or Boeing, there are several control surfaces that work in the same function such as for roll control capability, the control surfaces are aileron and spoiler. Also ...
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How is roll control achieved for the space ship two?

When looking at scaled composite 339 space ship two I fail to see control surfaces on the trailing edge of the wing. For me, it seems that the only moving surface on the wing is the feathering ...
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What are typical control surface deflections?

How can I tell what a reasonable control surface deflection is? For example, is a 10 deg aileron deflection reasonable? Or a 0.5 degree aileron deflection? Is that too little? Too much? Same ...
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How does a delta wing deal with supersonic boundary separation?

The question Why most of the supersonic or fighter aircraft use all-moving control surfaces? emphasis the importance of all moving stabilator for supersonic aircraft. Many supersonic aircrafts ...
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In F/A-18, where the servo-loop closure is accomplished?

In the flight control system of F/A-18, where is the servo-loop closed? I mean which of these two scenarios happen: 1-The position of the actuator and servo-valve ram are sent to the flight control ...
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Aerodynamics of Flight Control Surfaces

From what it appears to me, flight control surfaces seem to be taken for granted. In terms of how they actually work and what kind of physical outputs they give in terms of forces and such. Take for ...
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Where is the control loop of the actuator closed?

When electro-hydraulic servo-actuators are used for the actuation of control surfaces in aircraft, linear variable differential transformers (LVDTs) are used for position or velocity feedback. There ...
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Are there roll control devices other than ailerons?

With the little that I've learnt about aeroplanes, I know that the aileron is the control surface that a pilot use to roll the plane by decreasing the lift of one wing and increasing the lift of the ...
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Why would engine fire cause loss of control?

I was wondering why engine fire would cause of loss of control or crash. There is loss of power and even drag. But could some expert please expand on the troubles of a engine fire?
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what are the no load rates of f-16 control surfaces?

What are the no-load rates for the control surfaces of f-16 like flaperon,leading edge flap and horizontal and vertical stabs?
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Did the Wright brothers discover the three-axis control system for airplanes/gliders and the adverse yaw?

1) Various sites like this one: Orville and Wilbur Wright, The Inventors of the 3-axis Flight Control System, 9 Months before their powered flight at Kitty Hawk say that the two brothers invented the ...
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What hardware standards should the flight control computer pass?

There are some standards for each part of the aircraft like actuators, sensors,... I could not find one for the flight control computer hardware. For example what are the environmental tests, or any ...
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