Welcome back to our Word of the Week!

Every week, we look together at a word that is either interesting, funny or mysterious and that appeals to all of us in the aviation community.


Weight-shift control is a means of aircraft flight control widely used in hang gliders, powered hang gliders, and ultralight trikes.

Control is usually exerted by the pilot using their weight against a triangular control bar that is rigidly attached to the wing structure. The wing is mounted on a pivot above the trike carriage or hang glider harness allowing the weight-shift forces to produce changes in pitch and bank.

An ultralight trike showing the triangular control bar used in weight shift control

Have a nice week, and see you next Wednesday for a new word of the week!