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Old 06-08-2004, 08:08 AM   #11
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Agree with Jim.........my 1/3 Spacewalker with the long fuse and gentle characteristics will darn near take itself off.However my new short coupled narrow geared Christen Eagle Bipe while certainly quite easy to control on takeoff is another case altogether and will have you chasing the rudder if you get at all sloppy during the roll.........
I dont specialize in WW1 planes like Jim so most of my large taildraggers must have the elevator eased into neutral during takeoff to raise the tailwheel and get a nice flat initial climb immediatley after takeoff........
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Also, don't be afraid to pull it back to idle and taxi back to try it again when it gets "squirrelly" on your first few take off runs. I also find it easier to take off from the grass instead of on the runway.
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I recommend that when you first go to fly the taildragger, you go out to the field when it is not busy. Get out on the runway, directly behind the plane and taxi down the runway. Being behind the plane makes it easy to see how much it wants to turn, and how much rudder is required to correct. Practice taxiing around, and get just to below take off speed and back off.

There is nothing "hard" about flying a taildragger, it is just a slightly different set of skills. The durability is so much better and its a lot easier for grass strips, than a trike, to fly and do touch and goes, etc.
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I also find it easier to take off from the grass instead of on the runway.
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Many thanks to all who replied with advice. Much appreciated.
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