Why does the plane tend to go left on STOL take-offs?

As soon as it lifts off it starts going left.Is it P-factor?


I know it isn't just in STOL.But when you do a STOL take off it goes a lot the left very quickly

quicker than regular take offs where it just goes slightly to the left

2 Answers

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    If you flew aircraft with an engine/propeller turning the other way, it would pull RIGHT -

    Yes, P factor "effects" are function of engine power -

    On very powerful engines (WW-2 fighters) was critical to set rudder trim before T/O -

    This to assist for P factor control during takeoff - "x amount of rudder trim units" -

    Source(s): Retired pilot -
  • bob
    Lv 4
    9 years ago

    Yes, it is P factor, and it isnt just STOL aircraft

    EDIT: it may be because STOL aircraft have a more powerful engine. Im not sure if that would change the P-factor; im no aerospace engineer. When taking off properly you shouldn't move left at all. RIGHT RUDDER

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