P-factor: Causes and Cures

Compensating for P-factor can save your life, simplify your flying, accelerate your flying career, and make your flying much more enjoyable for you and your passengers. It’s not hard to do. Once you understand what causes it and how to compensate for it, you will find flying much more satisfying and enjoyable. So here is…

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Controlling P-factor and yaw during takeoff and climb

You have completed your walk-around the airplane to your instructor’s satisfaction, taxied to the active runway, performed a pre-takeoff check and engine run up. The tower told you to taxi onto the runway and line up for takeoff. Your instructor has been working the radio for you but otherwise you are handling all of the…

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P-factor Effects can be very Serious

Got a call during dinner from our insurance company. One of our pilots and his entire family had burned to death that afternoon at the South Lake Tahoe airport. Why? I would learn that it was P-factor. Specifically, he had failed to compensate for it. P-factor is no big deal. Just keep your wings level…

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Slow flight and Stalls can be very Exciting

Once you’re at 3,000 MSL in the practice area and have made the necessary clearing turns, she says, “We’re going to kill two birds with one stone. I want you to enter straight ahead slow flight at constant altitude, but slow it until you can feel the elevator shudder. Then smoothly apply full power, push…

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