Adverse yaw

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Adverse yaw definition

Adverse yaw refers to the tendency of an aircraft’s nose to turn in the opposite direction of a turn. This occurs when the outside wing produces more lift, causing higher induced drag. Induced drag is the by-product of lift created by the outside wing, which pulls the nose of the aircraft towards the outside of the turn.

Adverse yaw is a condition of flight where an aircraft may turn away from its intended direction of turn, making it difficult for pilots to control the aircraft. This can cause a potential loss of control or an increased risk of stalling. For this reason, adverse yaw is an important concept in aviation and pilots must be aware of it and take measures to counteract its effects by applying rudder or aileron control inputs.

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