Three Axes of Flight

When maneuvering in the air, the helicopter moves around the Three Axes of Flight which all act through the helicopter’s center of gravity (CG):

  • Longitudinal Axis (Roll or Bank)
  • Lateral Axis (Pitch)
  • Vertical Axis (Yaw)


The video below explains the Three Axes of Flight, as demonstrated in a Robinson R22 helicopter:


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