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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.14.08): Yaw String

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Yaw String

A short length of yarn fixed to the windshield or other location on the centerline of a glider or other aircraft. When the glider is flying in a coordinated state, the yaw string will deflect directly backwards. If the aircraft is in a slip or skid, the string will deflect to the side, prompting the pilot to apply appropriate rudder to coordinate the maneuver.

FMI: www.aeroexperiments.org/expitchslip.shtml

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