yaw damper

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yaw damper

[′yȯ ‚dam·pər]
(aerospace engineering)
A control system or device that reduces the yaw of an aircraft, guided missile, or the like.

yaw damper

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A part of an automatic flight control system used to keep the aircraft from unwanted yawing. A yaw damper senses the onset of yaw and immediately applies the correct rudder to eliminate it. Yaw dampers are used in swept-wing aircraft to reduce their tendency to dutch roll.
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Aircraft experienced an intermittent yaw dampener fault--the autopilot would trip off while in turbulence.
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