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What is aileron trim tab?

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  1. Cory Johnson on Apr 02, 2013

    Have you ever noticed that when you take your hand off the yoke, your plane starts to turn in one direction?

    Just like elevator trim, some aircraft are equipped with a trim tab on their ailerons. They help reduce pilot fatigue and control input required to maintain a particular type of flight.

    Some aircraft like the Apache have a fixed trim tab on one aileron that can be adjusted on the ground to help keep the wings level in flight.

    Other aircraft (typically larger and more sophisticated) like the Twin Bonanza have aileron trim tabs that can be adjusted in flight like elevator trim in a Cessna 172.

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