Steering an Aircraft: Use Elevators for Longitudinal Control in Planes

The elevator of a Douglas C-133A deflected upwards. Photo Credit: Mark Jones Jr.

How do elevators help pilots turn an airplane? Pilots generate turning forces, used to maneuver a plane, by changing the pattern of air flowing around the plane. In other words, they turn the plane by changing the position of the aerofoils (surfaces that interact with the airflow to produce a force). The elevators are movable control surfaces […]