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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.09.08): Yaw


Aero-Terms are designed to be a daily reminder of the terms, names, acronyms and explanations of the unique language that populates the aviation world. Aerospace, sport aviation, fixed wing, helo, you name it... it's all fair game.

Aero-Terms should serve as a quick but intriguing reminder of the terms you may use every day, or an introduction to an aspects of the Aero-World you may not yet be familiar with. ANN also encourages readers to go beyond the FMI link, and further research any intriguing terms.

Suggestions for future Aero-Terms are ALWAYS welcome, as are additions or discussion of the explanations given for each Aero-Term.


A flight condition of an aircraft in which the aircraft rotates about its vertical axis. Yawing is not the same as turning, because an aircraft can be yawed and continue to fly straight, if the wind is striking it from the side. When an airplane is turned, it follows a curved flight path, with the wind always flowing parallel to its longitudinal axis.



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