Chapter 6

6.3 Flight control surfaces

An aircraft is equipped with flight control surfaces to allow the pilot to adjust and control its heading and altitude. These so-called 'rudders' allow the aircraft to rotate around three axes. Fixed-wing UAS rotate around these axes differently than multi-rotor UAS.

6.3.1 Flight control surfaces on fixed-wing UAS

The primary control surfaces used to control a fixed-wing UAS are:

  • The rudder allows the aircraft to rotate around its vertical axis. This is called yawing;


    See chapter 6.11 for a summary.

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