As many current and prospective pilots may know, aircraft will often vary in their cockpit controls, instruments, and other features based on the manufacturer of the vehicle, when it was made, and other such factors. Although many modern aircraft now feature advanced glass cockpits with similar technology, there is still a big divide in controls when it comes down to Airbus and Boeing aircraft. While Boeing aircraft feature a yoke for pilots to use, Airbus aircraft feature a control stick. While both of these controls ultimately perform the same exact duty, they vary in their design and placement, making it essential that pilots learn how to use both if they intend to operate aircraft from both manufacturers.
In the majority of aircraft, pilots use a flight yoke to control their direction of flight. This device is essentially a column which can be shifted forward, backward, and side-to-side, as well as turned like a steering wheel. These movements can then be used to direct the plane along three axes, and allow for rotation. Working in combination with pedals that control yaw (side-to-side movement), the flight yoke makes up one part of the flight control system that can operate across a full range of motion.
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