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By Johnny.b
#1696234
Colonel Panic wrote:The most difficult thing I found was to "unlearn" which foot did what; in my youth I spent countless hours whizzing down hills on home made go karts where if you pushed with your right leg you went left, and vice versa. With an aircraft it is the other way around ... :shock:



Strange what things stay with you!!! :lol:
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By Sooty25
#1696245
@TrishP whilst undergoing some tailwheel training, someone "I know" :whistle: nearly taxied into a set of fuel pumps because the tailwheel was still disengaged. Only avoiding contact with a swift, but graceful, 270° spin before heading off towards the holding point as if nothing had happened!

If you get to the runway in one piece, it's a good taxi! Aeroplanes are designed to fly, driving around on land was and afterthought :thumleft:
By TrishP
#1696344
[quote="Johnny.b"]@TrishP whilst undergoing some tailwheel training, someone "I know" nearly taxied into a set of fuel pumps because the tailwheel was still disengaged. Only avoiding contact with a swift, but graceful, 270° spin before heading off towards the holding point as if nothing had happened!

LOL that's brilliant :D
By johnm
#1696348
@TrishP Tailwheel aircraft are designed to operate off airfields, i.e. fields which are laid with smooth short grass and equipped with a windsock so that pilots can simply point the nose into wind and take off or land. Runways and taxiways are new fangled arrangements and difficult for them to handle :D
By Duncan M
#1696418
cockney steve wrote:sledge/ toboggan....stick the boot out on the side you want to turn towards. stick out both feet to lessen the impact with fast-approaching obstacles.



Recent local fund raising event featuring home made gocarts appeared on local news.
One machine , in shape of Vulcan bomber was taking part.
By coincidence a retired Vulcan pilot was at the event and was given a go at a timed run.
Expectant crowd treated to a wobbly start followed by a crash into the barrier.
His excuse.........rudder pedals worked in wrong sense!
By kreyszig
#1699403
Colonel Panic wrote:The most difficult thing I found was to "unlearn" which foot did what; in my youth I spent countless hours whizzing down hills on home made go karts where if you pushed with your right leg you went left, and vice versa. With an aircraft it is the other way around ... :shock:


so much this!
to compound this for me -as a kid, I used to practice steering the car from the passenger seat, pretending it was an aircraft. And I was doing it go-cart style. So I've got extra helpings of muscle memory to reprogram!
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