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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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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Spins, Flat Spins, and Stalls

The field below us was spinning like Auntie Em’s house in the Wizard of Oz. The Cessna 152 spun in an almost vertical, nose-not-quite-straight-down attitude. By sitting up in our seats we could see the point that the world was spinning around. We had finished our third or fourth rotation when that point started to disappear…

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