Controlling the Left Turning Airplane

Now that we know how and why the aircraft tends to have left turning tendencies, the next step is to lear how to control those left urning tendencies.

As mentioned previously, the rudder needs pressure added to the right side at high power settings and low airspeeds. The opposite is true for left rudder. You used left rudder at low power settings and at high airspeeds.

You know you are using the correct amount of rudder pressure when your body is not pushed sideways and you can feel your body weight being pushed straight down in your seat.

When viewing the slip/skid indicator, you can visually see whether or not you are applying the right rudder pressure and make corrections. This slip/skid indicator can also tell you if your rudder and aileron coordination is correct when making a turn.

Pushed to the Right

If you feel yourself being pushed to the right and your slip/skid indicator is displaying such, you will need to add right rudder pedal to not only center the slip/skid indicator but to eliminate the feeling of being pushed to the right.

The opposite is true for the left. Add left rudder pedal to correct.

Takeoff & Climb

Right rudder pressure needs to be added during takeoff any climb in order to correct the left turning characteristics of the aircraft.

For takeoff and climbing,

Apply right rudder pressure as you simultaneously push the throttle full forward. You will continue applying adequate rudder pressure during the takeoff run to keep the airplane on the runway centerline during the takeoff roll.

When you raise the nose off the runway on liftoff, the right rudder pressure will need to be increased to compensate for the loss of the control wheel and keep applying right rudder pressure for the climb.