Flight Controls - Rudder Show Schematic only

Amendment: Rudder Control Diagram included

Rudder Control Diagram

Yaw Dampers Rudder Trim Rudder Trim Rudder Ratio Changer Left Hydraulic System Center Hydraulic System Left Hydraulic System default

Yaw Control

Yaw control is provided by a single rudder. Two yaw dampers operate through the rudder control system to improve directional stability.


Rudder position is shown on the EICAS status display. On the ground, a full scale indication corresponds to the maximum rudder deflection.

Rudder Trim Control and Indicator

Rudder Trim

The rudder trim control can be used to command trim changes.

The rudder trim switch provides input to the trim actuator. Rotating the trim knob arms the trim motor circuit and selects either the extend mode for left rudder trim or the retract mode for right trim. The switch is powered by the Left DC Bus.

Full movement of the trim switch is required to activate the rudder trim actuator.

Rudder Trim Indicator

The rudder trim indicator shows the units of rudder trim that are commanded.

Rudder position changes during flight

Rudder Ratio Changer

The control commands from the rudder pedals and trim control are modified by a rudder ratio changer. As airspeed increases the ratio changer desensitizes these commands from the pilot to reduce the rudder deflection. Rudder response varies from approximately 30° up to 127 knots CAS to 3.5° at 410 knots CAS for full pedal travel.

AMM The rudder ratio changer system uses both Air Data Computers, both Stabilizer/Elevator Asymmetry Modules, two rudder ratio changer modules and a [single] ratio changer mechanism. The system is arranged to form two independent computation channels, each of which can provide the rudder ratio changer function.

The ratio changer receives air data computer airspeed inputs and provides control commands to an actuator powered by the Left Hydraulic system. The actuator then dampens the pilots inputs to the rudder.

Rudder Ratio Warning The RUDDER RATIO light illuminates and the EICAS advisory message RUDDER RATIO displays to indicate the rudder ratio system is failed or that control inputs to the rudder are not being correctly modified. Rudder structural protection is provided by automatic depressurization of the Left Hydraulic system actuator which limits rudder displacement at high airspeeds. However, abrupt rudder pedal input should be avoided at high airspeeds. At low airspeeds the two remaining rudder actuators provide sufficient control for full rudder displacement.

However, If the Left Hydraulic system is providing normal pressure to the ratio changer, a fault may result in limited displacement of the rudder at all airspeeds. This requires that Crosswind and Autoland limitations be observed.

QRH If the RUDDER RATIO light remains illuminated:
  • Above 160 kt, avoid large or abrupt rudder inputs.
  • If normal left hydraulic pressure available:
    • Crosswind limit is 15 kt.
    • Do not attempt autoland.

Yaw Damping

Yaw Damper switches Two independent yaw damper systems improve turn coordination and Dutch roll damping and provide gust-load relief. Each system has a yaw damper controller which provides signals to operate a yaw damper actuator which in turn generates rudder control inputs. The left and right yaw damper actuators are powered by the Left and Center Hydraulic systems respectively.

The yaw damper controllers take inputs from both Air Data Computers and all 3 Inertial Reference Units. Any operating IRS will provide the yaw rate signals for both yaw dampers.

The yaw damper INOP light illuminates and the EICAS advisory message L or R YAW DAMPER displays, when a yaw damper is inoperative. Yaw damping authority is reduced by one-half.

Autopilot Rudder Control

For autopilot control of the rudder to be active, multiple autopilots must be engaged. Confirmation that this has occurred comes with the annunciation of LAND 2 or LAND 3 on the ASA; and this cannot occur until:

  • the aircraft is below 1500 ft Radio Altitude with the localizer and glideslope captured and
  • no relevant equipment faults exist.

Until LAND 2 or LAND 3 is annunciated, only one autopilot is engaged and rudder control (specifically following an engine failure) must be made by the Pilot Flying.

Yaw Damper/Stabilizer Trim Module

On the 757-300, the Yaw damper/Stabilizer trim Module (YSM) combines the functions of the Rudder Ratio Changer module, Stabilizer Control Module and the Yaw Damper. In addition to its previous functions, the YSM provides the following additional functions:

  • Elevator Feel Limit (EFL)
    The EFL was added as a result of the increased rotation takeoff speeds of the 757-300 relative to those of the 757-200. The Elevator Feel Computer (EFC), a hydro-mechanical device that determines column forces, was modified to add the EFL. The EFL limits control column forces at rotation and for 7 sec after the airplane is airborne. Without the EFL function, which is controlled by the YSM, the flight crew could experience a heavier-than-expected column force (based on 757-200 experience) at and immediately after rotation for some takeoff configurations.

  • Elevator Feel Shift Module (EFSM)
    The EFSM is a new component on the 757-300 and was installed to comply with the latest regulatory revisions to certification requirements for stall identification. (When full airplane stall is encountered, hydraulic pressure increases between the EFC and the feel and centering unit.) This increases the column force gradient or “stiffness” and results in a nose-down airplane response that aids in stall recovery.