Steering Only From The Captain's Seat?

Wed Feb 09, 2000 10:36 am

Through my few months of flight experience I have noticed that there are numerous General Aviation airplanes that have pedal breaking capabilities only from the left seat; the Cherokee and Arrow come to my mind the quickest. On the other hand I read an article several months ago about the DC9-20s used by SAS (I believe they are out of service now) and it said that steering the aircraft on the ground while taxiing was only possible from the Captain's seat. My question is are there anymore airliners like the DC9-20 that can only be steered from the left side? Or is it even a common item to most airliners? I am puzzled about this questions and would like to hear your input on this.

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RE: Nosewheel Steering

Wed Feb 09, 2000 2:30 pm

Most if not all turboprops and most jet liners have a tiller on the left side only. Most Airbus products have steering tillers on both sides.

It's an extra cost, but as they say, the flight's not over until the parking brake is set at the gate. Lots of things can happen after landing that an extra tiller would help.

On the other hand, although not pretty, you can even manoeuvre the 757 in a tight area with differential power and inside brake. This would be an emergency procedure though, as wear and tear would be heavy.

Hope that helps. Other type drivers should be able to add to this...

Best Regards,

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RE: Nosewheel Steering

Thu Feb 10, 2000 12:02 am

As Buff said, most times the Tiller is only on the Capts. side. It is an expensive option to have one installed on the F/O side.

Do be aware that both Capt and F/O can make small steering inputs through the rudder pedals on all transport category aircraft. The tiller is for large turns, like turning into a gate, but the rudder pedals are used during takeoff/landing to keep the aircraft straight on the runway

The Tiller usually turns the Nose wheels in the neighborhood of 60-75 degrees, where the rudder pedals only give 5-10 degrees.

Hope that helps!
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RE: Steering Only From The Captain's Seat?

Thu Feb 10, 2000 2:25 am

Hello Pilot2b

SAS still got 3 of the 10 DC-9-21 ever made. They will be in service to late this autum. They was going to be put out of service this spring, but something made them change their mind. They are really really old, but fun to fly with. I have, loved it.