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
- Anonymous9 years agoFavorite 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 -
- bobLv 49 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