June 2019 Issue

Flying On The Ground

Remembering which way to turn the ailerons when taxiing in strong winds really shouldnít be so hard.

Your primary training probably included a diagram explaining where the elevator and aileron controls should be positioned based on where the wind is coming from while taxiing. When we have such wind conditionsóand even when we donít, if we want to be honestó we can and should use the ailerons to help control the airplane on the ground. Alas, we donít always have that diagram available, and itís easy to forget whether the upwind wingís aileron should be down or up. (Hint: It depends.) Letís try to come up with a one-size-fits-all understanding of when and how to use ailerons on the ground.

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