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"Keeping the Fun in Flying!"
"Whether you are inspired to learn how to fly or a seasoned pilot looking for the best way to stay
in the game we are here to help. We give sport aviation pilots FREE weekly articles,
podcast and videos on topics to keep you learning, growing and
staying engaged in the aviation community."  ~ TC FREEMAN BLOG #83: April 18, 2015     


                                                           WELCOME PILOTS

     It has been a crazy week in the media with a gyrocopter landing on the White House lawn.* According to new reports they are seeking to violate the former US Postal worker and gyrocopter pilot for airspace violations and for having an unregistered aircraft. After doing a quick internet search the aircraft in question may in-fact be deemed as an Ultralight, needing no registration. However I'm sure the issue of flying in the highly protected airspace of Washington, DC will be the main focus. It is interesting that a drone and manned gyrocopter have recently violated the most taboo airspace in the country. 
     This week our article and video center around two left turning tendencies of aircraft that can pose a challenge on take-off. We set-up the segment with a typical scenario that happens during flight training before explaining spiraling slipstream and P-Factor. Find out the solution to keeping your aircraft on the runway centerline like the pros. 

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Pilot Safety Minute #83~ Spiraling Slipstream and P-Factor


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Spiraling Slipstream and P-Factor


     Here's the scene: You roll out onto the runway for take-off. Being the dutiful student you taxi to the literal end of the runway because your instructor said there are three things worthless to a pilot, “he runway behind you, altitude above you and fuel in the truck.” Swinging the aircraft around you begin to smoothly add full power feeling good about how gracefully you maneuvered from taxi to take-off.

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     Upon reaching the full-power setting, or “balls to the wall” as the old timers say, the aircraft proceeds left, away from the runway centerline. Thinking there was perhaps a rouge crosswind you check the windsock out of your peripheral, zero wind. The instructor calmly comments, “might want to kick in a little more right rudder.” Your right leg is telling you that there is already a ton of rudder applied but the aircraft doesn’t seem to be responding. You think about jamming the rudder pedal to the floor but hesitate fearing the aircraft might swing wildly back to the right. Fortunately, the airspeed indicator tells you it is ready for lift-off and the aircraft staggers into the air as you merge closer to the left side of the runway. The instructor says flatly, “We will talk more about that in debrief.”

TC Freemanhas been flying since he was a teenager and is now an aviation speaker and author. Being employed as an Aviation Safety Specialist for state government, he has a passion for spreading the thrill of flying just for the fun of it via the website,


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* Congrats to our latest OP Fly NC Winners:

Tim Johnson, Chapel Hill, NC (Bronze Level Award)
Max Coates, White Lake, NC (Silver Level Award)
Timothy Riddick, Smithfield, VA (Gold Level Award)
Stephen Gooding, Stedman, NC (Silver Level Award)
Martin Heller, Southport, NC (Gold Level Award)

* The staff at the Shelby - Cleveland County Regional Airport, Shelby, NC have created a special area in the preflight planning room for the rubber stamp. Look for the framed noticed for OP Fly NC with the stamp box located just below on the counter.


* If you close to finishing Operation Fly NC think about completing a pilot ambassador program in another State. We have a new web site to help pilots easily find airport visitation programs. Go to

* Great News! You can get a seminar credit for the seminar requirement for Operation Fly NC by taking our online audio course,
“Flying Into Non-Towered Airports.” We are offering “Pay What You Want” pricing via PayPal for a short time. While this has been available previously in an audio presentation format, the course has been upgraded to allow pilots to access the audio without any external log-in pages and passwords. After listening to the course, there is a link to the quiz with seven questions about the material. It is graded to 100% for maximum learning. At the end of the course attendees will get a unique code to place in the “seminar” portion of the Operation Fly NC booklet.
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Career Choices - Helicopter Pilot

Have you ever considered a career as a Helicopter Pilot? Here's a
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