November 2010 Issue

Yaw, Revisited

I just got around to reading the July 2010 issue’s "Yaw Adversity." I never write to magazines, but Mark Hutchins’ response to Tom Turner’s article made me grab my "pen." In response, I would argue rudder is a primary and aileron is a secondary yaw-correcting control. Most pilots never experience crosswind landings in a plane that really cares, like a Cub, Taylorcraft or Citabria. In such a plane, in a crosswind on takeoff or short final, I wouldn’t advise the pilot to focus on secondary correction effects to put the nose where they want it.

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