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    Rudders

    In a real world A10C, are the rudders typically used during flight or just basically used for taxi, take off, and landing?

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    Hi Ski

    Yes the A10 is a very hands on...and feet on airplane. The main use of rudder in flight in any airplane is turn coordination. To tell if your coordinated in any turn just look at the inclinometer below the ADI. This will show you if you're slipping or skidding in your turn. If the ball is centered your turn is coordinated. Basic rule of thumb to correct the ball is to "step" on the ball. If the black ball is left of center it requires enough left pedal forward (step on the ball) to recenter the ball and vice versa.

    As the A10 has a huge straight wing with a lot of wing area the other predominant use of rudder is for proverse yaw to counteract adverse yaw. This is more prevalent in straight wing aircraft but can be found in all aircraft. Adverse yaw is caused from the extra lift created from the high wing in a turn. Lets make a turn to the right. As we roll right the left wing is raised. As it rises its AOA is increased which increases lift. With this increase in lift the wing also develops more drag and its this drag that tugs the wing back in turn pulling the nose of the aircraft to the left. This pulling of the nose out of the turn is called adverse yaw. To negate this tendency you should always use rudder as well as stick when rolling into a turn. This will not only make your flying more accurate but much smoother.

    Just fly around a bit and watch that ball. Before long you will be able to just use muscle memory on how much rudder you actually need. Hope that helps.
    Last edited by Baxter; 14Jun14 at 15:34.

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    Well that was a fantastic reply! Thank you for educating me on that Baxter. I'm always in search of education and this helps so much. I can't wait to try it.

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    No problem ski any other questions fire away...

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