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mrblob 11-22-2017 09:23 AM

The Five Rules of Taildragging
 
Hey everybody!
I decided to start making some flight instruction videos. Here's my first attempt that covers the Five Rules of Taildragging.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Up-RKRdrZro

Since I intend to make more videos (landings, stalls, RV transition topics, airport courtesy, etc.) I'm open to critiques to help make the next one better. Just don't be mean ;)

Paul

snopercod 11-22-2017 09:47 AM

Excellent!
 
Excellent! That was every bit as good at the old ABC Wide World of Flying videos. Keep em' coming!

Aside: I recognized the Oceano/Nipomo coastline right away (being a Cal Poly grad).

Mark Dickens 11-22-2017 09:59 AM

Great video. Taxiing slow AND staying off the brakes can be challenge in these planes because they are typically overpowered relative to your run of the mill spam can. In my plane, I have to keep the RPMs below 700 to avoid picking up speed on the taxi way. RPMs that low can be a challenge to keep the engine running smoothly at times.

Djgeib 11-22-2017 11:23 AM

Nice video! As an experienced pilot with zero taildragger time I appreciate all the info I can get as I build my 8. Keep the videos coming.

74-07 11-22-2017 12:33 PM

Taildragger
 
Old pro told me years ago, "All you have to do is ALWAYS keep the little wheel behind the big ones!"

flyinga 11-22-2017 12:47 PM

Hi Paul. I think you should take the last two words off your title; the rules are good for any airplane, no matter where the little wheel is.

snopercod 11-22-2017 12:50 PM

Those rules apply to tricycle gear planes with castering nose wheels too. A crosswind from the left will try and push us off the left side of the runway on takeoff or landing. Using the brakes won't tip us on our noses, but it darn sure will flat spot our tires if we apply brakes at speed. Staying on the yellow taxi centerlines is important, too, because some of us can't see well over our noses just like a taildragger can't. Good advice for all pilots!

j-red 11-22-2017 12:57 PM

Great video. Thanks for posting. Looking forward to others.

John Owen 11-22-2017 02:09 PM

5 Rules
 
Nice job. I would label it the 7 Rules because Rule #1, #2 and #3 are to keep it straight!

Thanks,
John
RV-8

Mel 11-22-2017 02:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by flyinga (Post 1220620)
Hi Paul. I think you should take the last two words off your title; the rules are good for any airplane, no matter where the little wheel is.

I have to agree with Jim. I learned to fly in a Cessna 150. My instructor taught me to fly it like a taildragger. i.e. "If it is possible to get the nose wheel off the ground, it shouldn't be on the ground!"

Shortly after solo, I bought a T-Craft. Essentially no transition was necessary.


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