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Old 10-04-2006, 11:53 AM   #11
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Old 10-05-2006, 08:38 AM   #12
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ground handling

Originally Posted by hillmanr2
I will never understand why a "taildragger" or "low wing" means hard to fly. You have to use the same take off and landing techniques for both.

The other thing I think is funny is in R/C airplane reviews, when the plane sucks, a big deal is made about ground handling. Ground handling is good for cars but kinda stupid for plane reviews.
About the ground handling: I'm guessing they are talking about the plane nosing over and not being able to taxi back to home plate? I have had planes that couldn't taxi to save their life and it was extremely annoying...walking 100 or 200 feet to get your plane every time it lands. Also, having a plane that noses over all of the time is no fun aswell....not to mention if your running wooden or composite props.
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Ground handling is required, unless you have an over powered 3-d style airplane that takes off in 5 feet. I have a cub that handles like crap. I'm back and forth on the rudder to get it to kinda go straight. Once airborn it's ok. I need to get the feel for taking off again.

The difference between trike gear and taildragger is definitely there.

With a trike plane, you can give it a touch of down until your ready to take off. This keeps the plane steerable on the ground even below flight speeds.

With a taildragger, I find that the tail wheel is not very effective with a rough runway. It spends 1/2 of it's time in the air, and the tail is just bouncing back and forth. When I am finally lined up for takeoff, I have been giving full up elevator on high rates for a time (trying to keep the tailweel on the ground), then just before it gets to flying speed, back to low rates, relax the elevator, allow the tail to come up (start flying with the mains on the ground), then a touch of up elevator to take off.

On landing, I always have a hairy moment somewhere between touch down and stoppping with a taildragger.

All that being said, the planes I'm flying right now are a Goldberg Chipmunck (known for nose-overs), GP 60 sized Cub (from what I've heard, they all require lots of left stick on the ground), and a goldberg Eagle, converted to taildragger. (it's the tamest, but it also has double sized control surfaces!)
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