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Old 02-22-2004, 04:23 PM   #1
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Tricycle to tail wheel...

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I did not get my wings already, but I read some message on the second plane after a trainer, most of people talking about a second plane is a tail wheeler, is it difficult to learn on a tail wheeler?

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Old 02-22-2004, 04:25 PM   #2
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the only diffrence i found was taxiing you have to keep full up elevator, ilearnt on a tail dragger!
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Old 02-22-2004, 05:03 PM   #3
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i found it actually to be easier.more precise ground control
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Old 02-22-2004, 05:51 PM   #4
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Ya, tailwheel is no big ordeal. Its been stated, but all you have to do is hold a little up elevator on the takoff roll until you get enough ground speed to keep it from tipping over in the event it should hit a rut. After that its smooth sailin. Landings are just as easy as tri gear, all the same rules apply. Have fun.
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Old 02-22-2004, 06:09 PM   #5
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After a few hard landings, the nose wheel on a trike tends to get loose and wants to pull one way or the other. You don't get that problem on a tail dragger. That's why I prefer them. You won't have a problem getting use to it.
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Old 02-22-2004, 06:16 PM   #6
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As an instructor,I would say that a student may find it somewhat easier to taxi, take-off and land with a trike gear early in their training for better ground handling but as you progress to your second plane, a conventional ( tail dragger ) gear setup is better epecially on grass or rougher surfaces like on snow with skiis. A trike setup with skiis can be brutal having that front ski digging into a rut or ridge in the snow and flipping your plane over.

It was mentioned earlier about keeping up elevator when taxiing with a tail dragger, necessary to have directional control at slower ground speeds. Well actually the same goes for a nose wheel, up elevator while taxiing to keep that front wheel light and to help it from digging into ruts and what not on rougher fields.

On take off with a tail dragger, it is essential with the higher ground speeds to hold a bit of up elevator, and as the ground speed increases, ease off the elevator and let the tail come up maintaining directional control with the rudder and the plane will naturally become airborne when sufficient airspeed is reached by just easeing back on the elevator slightly, then quickly you will see it start to rotate and your airborne. This technique is also used in full sized aircraft for both tail draggers and trike gear setups.

You will notice that guys will usually progress quickly to taildraggers. Most of the aerobatic type scale aircraft, Extras, Caps, Suhkois, Giles, Pitts, Ultimates etc etc are all taildraggers and are used for 3D and Competition type flying.
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One thing that has not been mentioned yet, is that you have to use the rudder a lot more on the ground. The tailwheel configuration is inherently unstable, and the tail may tend to swing to one side or the other, especially if there is a wind blowing. You have to learn to recognize this and counter with opposite rudder to keep the plane going in a straight line. It is not difficult, but may take some practice to master..

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