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The foot pedals are connected by means of wires or hydraulics to the rudder of the tail section. The rudder is the vertical part of the tail that can move from side to side.
When the foot pressure on the left rudder pedal moves the rudder to the left, causing the nose of the airplane to move to the left.
When the foot pressure on the right rudder pedal moves the rudder to the right, causing the nose of the airplane to move to the right.
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