January 2007 Issue

Control Freak

Control surface failures are rare, but they do happen. How to use secondary controls to fly the plane when the primary ones aren’t up to the task.

There’s little else quite as ingrained in the minds of pilots, or emblematic of flight itself, as the stick and rudder. It seems axiomatic that losing the ability to control an airplane’s roll, pitch or yaw would set you up for a quick toboggan ride downhill, followed by a very loud noise.

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