Stuck Pedal (Right)


A right stuck pedal is a condition where too much nose-right thrust is being produced by the tail rotor, causing uncontrollable rightward yaw.


Recognize the signs of a right stuck pedal and understand the recovery procedure.


  • Recognition of stuck right pedal
  • Recovery procedure

Instructional aids

  • Lucky Left – Rotten Right


  • A stuck right pedal is most likely to be recognized at the end of a normal approach when applying power to stop the descent
  • As power is applied, an uncommanded right yaw will develop (cannot be corrected with left pedal)

Avoidance and recovery

  • Procedure 1–zero airspeed to a hover auto
    • Initiate a go-around, maintaining your airspeed and altitude (eg, 60 KIAS and 300′ AGL)
    • re-enter the pattern and set up another approach to the runway
    • Lower the collective to establish a normal descent (the nose will move left when reducing power)
    • Plan to arrive at a hover with zero airspeed
    • If the procedure isn’t working out as planned, initiate a go-around before losing too much altitude and airspeed
    • At the end of the descent, raise the collective to reduce the sink rate and align the nose with the ground track
    • When in hover altitude with zero airspeed and the nose aligned with the runway centerline, land using a hover auto
  • Procedure 2–flare to powered landing

    • Initiate a go-around, maintaining airspeed and gaining altitude (eg, 60 KIAs and up to 1000′ AGL); application of power will cause right-ward yaw
    • Set up for a steep approach with approach airspeed (eg, 60 KIAS)
    • Lower the collective until the nose is yawed to the left
    • Continue the approach while maintaining airspeed
    • At the bottom of the approach, flare to reduce airspeed and rate of descent; lower the collective as needed to prevent ballooning
    • As the aircraft is decelerated, level the aircraft and raise the collective to align the nose with the ground track
    • Close the throttle as needed to maintain alignment with the ground track and complete the landing

Real-life advice and experience

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Additional resources

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