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Old Mar 03, 2009, 08:41 PM
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fokker dr1 ground looping problems

hi guys can anyone give me some ideas to reduce my fokker dr1 from ground looping when trying to take off as once it gets its wheels of the deck its fine it seems to turn to the right is it better to hold the tail on the ground till she gets some speed and then let go of the elevator or is there something else i can tweak on the airframe????? any ideas
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Old Mar 03, 2009, 09:56 PM
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hi guys can anyone give me some ideas to reduce my fokker dr1 from ground looping when trying to take off as once it gets its wheels of the deck its fine it seems to turn to the right is it better to hold the tail on the ground till she gets some speed and then let go of the elevator or is there something else i can tweak on the airframe????? any ideas
Welcome to the DR1!

I have one of the small GP DR1s and it likes to ground loop anytime it's not pointed directly into the prevailing wind so I always make sure during T/O and landing it's right into the wind...even if that's across the runway! You definately don't want the tail skid to lift until there's plenty of breeze across the stab/rudder. Try accelerating smoothly into the wind and it should do fine.

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