In attitude flying, airplane control is composed of four components: pitch control, bank control, power control, and trim.
- Pitch control is the control of the airplane about the lateral axis by using the elevator to raise and lower the nose in relation to the natural horizon.
- Bank control is control of the airplane about the longitudinal axis by use of the ailerons to attain a desired bank angle in relation to the natural horizon.
- Power control is used when the flight situation indicates a need for a change in thrust.
- Trim is used to relieve all possible control pressures held after a desired attitude has been attained.
The primary rule of attitude flying is:
ATTITUDE + POWER = PERFORMANCE