FlightTest From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 35 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 15287 times:
There are a couple of ways, both mentioned above. But along with the tiller wheel or rudder pedal steering (the rudder pedals are connected to the nose steering) one can use differential braking and engine power. Example...want to make a tight left turn??? Go hard left on the steering along with the left brake then apply power on the right hand engine (if you're in a multi engine). This works best when the engines are far apart along with the landing gear having a wide stance.
Beefmoney From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1118 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 15127 times:
On the Cessna 172, the rudder pedals have toe brakes on the top, and if you press on the bottom you are just using the rudder, and no brakes. Just using rudder will give you a few degrees deflection on the nose wheel, because the rudder and nose wheel are inter-connected. If you push on the top as well, the aircraft will turn much tighter, because you are locking up, or nearly so, the wheels on one side of the plane. And no, the yoke is not used at all during taxi, except to help balance the aircraft against the wind.
Bio15 From Colombia, joined Mar 2001, 1089 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 15054 times:
Keeping it simple, the yoke just controls the ailerons and elevator. On airliners, the rudder pedals will be used for brakes (when push with your toes to bring them down) and will also control the rudder deflection along with a little nosewheel steering (when pushing with your heels to displace the pedals back and forth). When taxiing, you will generally need more nosewheel steering than the 7° (not sure, but it's not much) provided by the pedals, so you will use the tiller which has been mentioned. On takeoff, at higher speeds, steering to keep the nosewheel centered can be achieved just with the pedals.