control surface


Definition of control surface

: a movable airfoil designed to change the attitude of an aircraft

Examples of control surface in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Airbus declined to comment on whether LOUT contains such a control system, but the quest to develop a craft without these moving control surfaces is definitely accelerating. Eric Tegler, Scientific American, "The Next DARPA X-Plane Won’t Maneuver like Any Plane Before It," 9 Jan. 2020 But traditional control surfaces require external seams that radar can detect with relative ease. Eric Tegler, Scientific American, "The Next DARPA X-Plane Won’t Maneuver like Any Plane Before It," 9 Jan. 2020 Control continuity was confirmed from the elevator, rudder, elevator trim, and rudder trim from each respective control surface to the area in the cabin consumed by fire, and then forward to the cockpit controls., "The vintage B-17 aircraft that," 16 Oct. 2019 Her intriguing recent oils on canvas and panel at the Los Angeles gallery Luis De Jesus are painted with brushless exactitude, their crisp and controlled surfaces belying personal and interpersonal complexities beneath. Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times, "In Laura Krifka’s paintings, you’re the voyeur looking in with naked attraction," 2 Oct. 2019 Lasers can burn holes in ship hulls, torch flying drones and slice off control surfaces, and explode the propellant or warhead in an incoming missile. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "After Only 3 Years in Service, the USS Zumwalt’s Mission Is Changing," 17 May 2019 Having bled off so much energy, the test pilot then masterfully plays his plane like a fiddle, using his engines and control surfaces to put the plane into a slow horizontal spin. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This Su-35 Flight Demo Will Make Your Head Explode," 20 July 2017 This could take the form of capsules fixed with flight control surfaces for precision glides or steerable parachutes for more pinpoint landings. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Is Actually Considering Rocket Launches to Move Cargo Around the Globe," 29 Oct. 2018 Flight data recorders track data ranging from basic speed and altitude to the position of flight-control surfaces and flight-control inputs by the crew. Ben Otto, WSJ, "Investigators Download 69 Hours of Data From Crashed Lion Air Jet," 4 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of control surface

1910, in the meaning defined above

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“Control surface.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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