Aircraft Control Systems

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Aircraft Flight Control System
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Aircraft Flight Control System
Description of the system; functional and schematic diagrams
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, an aircraft control system is assemblage of mechanical and electronic equipment that permits a plane to be flown with excellent accuracy and steadfastness. A control system mainly constitutes cockpit controls, sensors, actuators which may be hydraulic, mechanical or electrical and computers. With improvement in technology, aircraft flight controls vary depending on the type of plane since planes with different feature and sizes have been introduced in the market thus have to be fit with flight control systems that match their capacity. However, the most basic flight control system designs are mechanical and are characterized with the early aircrafts. According to Garg et al (2013, p.60),they involve collective use of different mechanical parts which include rods, cables, pulleys and chains in some designs which play a significant role in transferring forces of flight deck controls to the control surfaces. Though new flight control models have been introduced with advancement in technology, application of mechanical flight controls still continues to date especially in small general and sport classification aircrafts especially where aerodynamic forces are not extreme.
Illustration of mechanical aircraft control system (Garg et al, 2013, p.61)

Aircraft control systems are group into two main divisions namely primary and secondary systems. The primary systems constitute ailerons, elevator and rudder and their main function is to regulate a plane securely during flight.On the other hand, secondary control systems constitute wing-flaps, leading edge devices, spoilers and trim systems and their main functions are to boost the performance of the plane or aircraft…...

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