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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How to Takeoff and Climb without Chasing the Airspeed Needle

You realize that she was right. Airspeed is controlled by the elevator control because pilots adjust pitch attitude with the elevator control. Here’s how you come to that realization: It’s your turn to fly. Focusing on the airspeed indicator, you push your nose down until it points at the right airspeed. Good… not so good.…

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