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Old Jul 19, 2010, 08:16 PM
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First take off

What a great hobby. I have met so many nice and helpful people. I have been buddy boxing with an instructor and performed my first take off today. It was great after I got my fingers to stop shaking. Hopefully I will get my first landing next week. I nice that people just welcome me into the group.
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Old Jul 19, 2010, 09:25 PM
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Congratulations!

Welcome to the forum. I am still new myself, but I am learning a lot just from reading the discussions in various categories.

A tip for takeoffs: if your nosewheel is not exactly straight, and you have to use a little rudder to steer during the takeoff roll, be prepared to let go of the rudder the instant the nose wheel lifts from the ground. It took me a while to figure out why my takeoffs were consistently veering to the right. It was because the nose wheel was angled a little to the left, I had to hold in right rudder to correct for it, and I wasn't keeping in mind to neutralize it as soon as the plane was off the ground. Now that I've figured that out, my takeoffs are smooth and scale-like.

Landings are fun! You will soon see that a headwind blowing down the runway is your friend. I was practicing landings this evening with almost no wind and having to chop power much sooner than I had become accustomed to.
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Old Jul 20, 2010, 12:27 AM
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Once you get past the phase of being nervous taking off will be like second nature, and then the same for landing ! Have fun and welcome to the hobby.
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Old Jul 25, 2010, 08:59 AM
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Jbryan80....... Why not straighten the nosewheel connection and not worry about holding rudder. Because on landing it will be chore to remember and feed in the proper correction one you touchdown.
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Old Jul 25, 2010, 09:19 AM
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Jbryan80....... Why not straighten the nosewheel connection and not worry about holding rudder. Because on landing it will be chore to remember and feed in the proper correction one you touchdown.
I have, several times. But even a small impact, even running off the hard runway into the grass, will unset the alignment. I could easily just file a flat spot on the pushrod where the set screw goes, giving it more grip, but I haven't bothered since I'm setting up a new plane, with moving away from the trainer in sight.

I did file a flat spot on the new plane's nosewheel pushrod, and also used a set screw with an Allen head instead of flat-blade, so not only does the screw have a flat area to push against, but I can get the screw tighter due to the screwdriver not slipping.
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