Date: 10 Feb 2000 05:03:21 From: "Mike and Sherley Nichols" <firstname.lastname@example.org> References: 1
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Barry Kabello wrote: > I've seen several airliners taxiing around with the elevator on one side > down and the other up, or neutral, etc...in other words, they seem to move > independent of each other. I was baffled to recently hear that each pilot > has independant linkage to their own elevator. If this is true, do split > rudders work the same way? Anything other split controls? Exclusive to > Boeing? Which particular aircraft did you see. I will assume that it was the DC-9 or some variant (MD-80/90 series). That in fact is a normal condition for the aircraft. The elevator is not even hydraulically powered (except for full forward elevator to facilitate stall recovery) except for the MD-90. The elevators are only faired during takeoff roll as speed and airflow pick up. Mike Nichols MD-88 pilot p.s. the ailerons aren't hydraulically powered either!