Green pedals in the floor of a Polikarpov I-15

A rudder pedal is a foot-operated aircraft flight control interface for controlling the rudder of an aircraft.[1][2] The usual set-up in modern aircraft is that each pilot has a pedal set consisting of a pair of pedals, with one pedal for each foot. Each right and left pedal works together so that one pedal pops out when the other is depressed.

In aircraft with duplicate control systems[3] (such as trainer aircraft, transport aircraft and airliners), for example with fly-by-wire, the pedal sets of both pilots are linked together so that the other pilot can seamlessly take over. On most modern aircraft, the wheel brakes are activated by pressing down on the top of the rudder pedals,[4][5] such brakes are therefore called toe brakes.[6] In order for pilots of different heights to have an ergonomic sitting position,[7] the position of some pedal sets can be adjusted.[8]

See also


  1. ^ sideror (in Norwegian). 2023-01-24.
  2. ^ Ilustrowana Encyklopedia dla Wszystkich. Lotnictwo. Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Naukowo-Techniczne. 1979. p. 146. ISBN 8320400058.
  3. ^ "Why Control Duplication in Airplanes is Helpful". Retrieved 2023-07-24.
  4. ^ Budowa samolotów. Warszawa: Wydawnictwa Komunikacji i Łączności. 1982. p. 187-188. ISBN 83-206-0282-3.
  5. ^ Konstrukcja samolotów. Wydawnictwa Komunikacji i Łączności. 1970. p. 366-367.
  6. ^ "aircraft brakes". Retrieved 2023-07-24.
  7. ^ "Perfect Fit". 2001-05-07. Retrieved 2023-07-24.
  8. ^ US2562974A, Williams, Sterry B., "Rudder pedal adjustment", issued 1951-08-07