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Face Off - Steering Wheel?
There is a scene where Nicholas Cage shoots the pilot and grabs the control yoke in order to steer the plane. The control yoke in an aircraft is used to control pitch (nose up/down) and roll (l.wing up/r.wing down & vice versa) therefore it would sooner flip the plane then steer it. The pedals are what control the yaw (left/right movement) of the plane so he should have been steering with his feet.
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Gord writes:
I may be mistaken, if so , I appologize, but in larger planes, there is a little steering wheel on the left side of the pilot that he uses to steer the plane while on the ground, and for brakes, the pilot pushes both pedels to stop. I'm not sure if this is the case on smaller planes, but I am sure it is like this on larger ones.
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crypty writes:
Well actually the bulk of steering is still done with the control stick, the rudder pedals control steering but are mainly used to counter the effects of wind (point the plane slightly to the left to stop a wind pushing you right) but to actually steer to the left the control would be roll left and pull the nose up slightly, this is why when your in a plane and you turn the plane rolls, turning with the rudder pedals makes you feel more like you are spinning and keeps the plane in a level position
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TK writes:
The first post is correct that a small steering knob (called a tiller) is what turns the plane on the ground. It has a direct connection to the angle of the nose landing gear. In smaller planes, that connection is with the rudder pedals. The aileron controls will do very little to steer the plane on the ground, especially in a plane that size. It has no connection to landing gear whatsoever (may be different in planes without rudder control or FBW controls) In pretty much every aircraft, the aileron control has no capability of turning the plane so sharply by aerodynamics.
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