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What does the “P” stand for in P-Factor?

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I know what P-Factor IS...but what does the "P" stand for?  Anyone know?  Perhaps for "propellor?"  Just curious...

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  1. Wesley Beard on Nov 20, 2010

    Bill Kershner defines P-Factor as “propeller disc asymmetric loading” in his book The Advanced Pilot’s Flight Manual 6th edition.  So I am fairly certain that P stands for propeller as P-factor cannot exist without a rotating disc of some kind.
    Perhaps helicopter pilots call it R-Factor for the rotor. 🙂

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  2. Pilot143 on Nov 21, 2010

    R-Factor…good one! I wonder if it’s true… 😉

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  3. Kent Shook on Nov 21, 2010

    Well, I don’t think they call it R-factor, but there are definitely some major gyroscopic forces at work in a helicopter! Their “propeller” is MUCH larger and heavier than ours. The physics behind helicopters are fascinating and occasionally mind-boggling! 😉

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  4. Skipp on Mar 11, 2011

    It is for plane (not the aircraft, rather in the geometric sense)

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