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Old 06-21-2021, 11:36 AM
kd410se kd410se is offline
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Default Brakes on a taildragger, or nah?

Does anyone fly a taildragger without brakes? If so, I’d be interested to know how that’s been working out. Seems like it would be fine, even advantageous in some ways.
Old 06-21-2021, 11:39 AM
Richard RG Richard RG is offline
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Default Great idea

Should make for an exciting runup.
Old 06-21-2021, 11:40 AM
kd410se kd410se is offline
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Lol!! Totally forgot about that…
Old 06-21-2021, 11:44 AM
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I use mine every time I fly, not even including run up!

Even IF you never use them, what would you do if you needed them in an emergency?
Jesse Bentley
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Old 06-21-2021, 12:00 PM
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Run up, Hold short when directed by tower...and so forth...

I *did* omit the brake pedals from the passenger side; I didn't want a nervous passenger stomping on the binders during a wheel landing -- that would be bad.
Brian Decker
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Old 06-21-2021, 12:07 PM
tjo tjo is offline
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Why would there ever be an advantage to no brakes?!

Old 06-21-2021, 12:13 PM
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Default no brakes

Tiger Moth on grass works fine. J3 that never had brakes installed, on pavement, going slightly down hill, First Officer jumps out and grabs the tail. And yes that really did happen at Binghampton NY.
Lots of ski plane flying in Upstate NY-no brakes on skis.
Old 06-21-2021, 12:13 PM
kd410se kd410se is offline
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I was thinking maintenance savings (lol…) and reducing weight…. I probably shouldn’t think so much.
Old 06-21-2021, 12:19 PM
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Sorry guys but this is a stupid topic to be discussing especially as it relates to RV's. You need brakes. I hate to be a meanie but I'm closing this thread before it gets out of hand.

Chris Pratt (2021 VAF DUES PAID)
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