Definition of dual control in US English:

dual control


  • (of an aircraft or vehicle) having two sets of controls, one of which is used by the instructor.

    ‘a dual-control pilot trainer’
    • ‘To celebrate the occasion, Sharkey was invited to make his first Harrier flight since retiring from the Royal Navy in the back seat in a dual-control T - 8 Sea Harrier training aircraft flown by Kris.’
    • ‘In 1946, Vought built up a dual-control Corsair from a standard F4U- 1 aircraft with the designation V - 354.’
    • ‘This particular Sea Fury was used as a dual-control trainer for pilots.’
    • ‘Here was this immense dual-control Sea Fury out front battling neck-to-neck with sleek highly-modified Mustangs.’
    • ‘The airplane actually has a complete and functional second cockpit and will be equipped with removable superstructures allowing the aircraft to operate as either a single-seat fighter or dual-control trainer.’


usually dual controls
  • Two sets of controls in an aircraft or vehicle.

    • ‘The pilot and co-pilot had dual controls and sat side by side behind the observer.’
    • ‘There are dual controls in the training plane, making it virtually foolproof.’
    • ‘I also decided to install a second seat and dual controls and that took a bit of work designing the system.’
    • ‘The Ka - 60 helicopter can be fitted with dual controls.’
    • ‘In the process of getting out, his passenger is said to have lifted the dual controls installed for training purposes, prompting the machine to lift off the ground, throwing the passenger clear before toppling over.’


dual control

/ˈd(j)uəl kənˈtroʊl/