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Old 07-11-2006, 08:02 AM
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To start, I've been flying IMAC for a couple years now and am in Intermediate. I'm really careful setting airplanes up (ask my wife) but I've never really hunkered down and tried to totally perfect an airplane's setup, but I think it's time I do so.

I've started thinking about some of the corrections that I make when I fly, and wonder if a little better setup would minimize them. One of the big ones is adding left rudder in an outside push (climb)... like an outside cuban, or the teardrop. I have my plane tracking straight on uplines, but I do have a small amount of right rudder trim in. I am wondering if adding right thrust and removing the trim will reduce the left rudder required in the push or increase the left rudder required?

I am assuming that I will always need some left rudder due to P-factor when inverted... just want to know how much is normal.

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Old 07-12-2006, 10:04 AM
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Nevermind. I finally had a calm day and did some tinkering... got her figured out. I think most of what I was feeling was from the excessive wind around here lately. I also tried a little throttle-rudder mix... feeds in a slight amount of left rudder at lower throttle settings (per Peter Goldsmith's article). Seems to track really straight now.

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