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Old 11-22-2017, 09:23 AM
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Default 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.

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

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Old 11-22-2017, 09:47 AM
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Default 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).
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Old 11-22-2017, 09:59 AM
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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.
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Old 11-22-2017, 11:23 AM
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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.
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Old 11-22-2017, 12:33 PM
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Default Taildragger

Old pro told me years ago, "All you have to do is ALWAYS keep the little wheel behind the big ones!"
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Old 11-22-2017, 12:47 PM
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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.
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Old 11-22-2017, 12:50 PM
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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!
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Old 01-15-2021, 07:30 AM
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Default Made me chuckle

Originally Posted by 74-07 View Post
Old pro told me years ago, "All you have to do is ALWAYS keep the little wheel behind the big ones!"
I did alot of instruction in conventional gear airplanes , mostly experienced nose wheel pilots. What I experienced was that the real threat was pilot would start the airplane crow hopping.

Keeping the little wheel behind the big wheels is more like a goal than a process. Like when the nascar crew chief tells the driver to just keep it off the wall

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Old 11-23-2017, 07:56 AM
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From old pilot perspective, excellent introduction to flying.
Wish I had seen something like that in beginning.
Good luck developing your training system, it will work for TW or NW.
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Old 11-23-2017, 11:27 AM
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I got my early training in a John Deere 4440 pulling a 9 row lister! The markers left a small centerline mark and I wanted the straightest rows in the county! The outside busters would catch a little more dirt every so often and pull you in that direction just like a crosswind does to the rudder. The only way to keep your rows straight would be to tap that opposite brake to stay straight! I had thousands of hours of training before I ever considered getting my pilots license!
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