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Side stick or no, once airborne, you never touch the rudder pedals in any airliner when flying except during landing where independent rudder inputs are used to keep the airplane lined up during the flare. The yaw damper takes care of rudder coordination for normal flying; that is, in addition to controlling yaw excursions, it compensates for adverse yaw ...


The rudder pedals are not usually used in flight, even with the autopilot off. The rudder on the Airbus A320 can be controlled via a mechanical connection to the rudder pedals in the flight deck, but also electrically via the fly-by-wire mechanism. The following graphic shows an overview of the rudder control: (Airbus A320 FCOM - Flight Controls - ...


Sidestick input does NOT control both the yaw and roll axes. Pilots of sidestick aircraft still use the rudder pedals to control yaw and they use the sidestick for roll. This allows them to perform crosswind landings and sideslips in addition to coordinated turns.


The 7X in normal law will attenuate sidestick inputs to prevent excessive AOA (getting too close to the stall), or excessive load factors. As a practical example (I've done this in the 7X simulator, not in the actual aircraft), if in level flight you pull the sidestick quickly back past the soft stop, all the way to the hard stop and hold it there, the nose ...

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