raccoon62 wrote:have 1957 cessna 172. plane has sportman's stol kit, and vg's. when i tkae off, with the brakes on and full power, i am banging the tail on the ground. i hold the yoke all the way back. looking for hints, suggestions, criticism.
raccoon62 wrote:just to clear up. the plane does not possess a parking brake. i hold the toe brakes. i am used to keeping the yoke all the way back. this is how i flew the plane w/o the stol kit. it could take off in under 800 feet. this is w/20 degrees of flap. now with the kit: 20 degrees 0f flap, on toe brakes, yoke all the way back. i am popping a wheelie. i think i should be able to get off the ground in under 400 feet? my grass strip is 1200 feet long. weather has been rainy, so i have not flown. i shall try to ease up on the yoke. i have read both ways of taking off...w/brakes on ,and w/o brakes on. the drag thing about the nose high is spot on. iam still experimenting with the stol kit. the other pilots at the field keep ribbing me about having the slowest aeroplane there. but, i am loving it! low/slow is what i really enjoy. saw an eagle about 2 weeks ago. we were side by side for a short spell.
gbflyer wrote:Oh and one more thing to those in doubt...there are places where one will apply full power on take off then release the brakes or you will be in the trees or in the water at the end, regardless of what the experts here teach you about flying into and out of the Idaho back country at a mountain flying seminar.
qmdv wrote:Maybe GB thinks I should stop the plane, get out and push it back to the fence. If I did that I would have an extra fifteen feet to do the break thingy with. Probably I could get to that 1 mph at the point where I first stopped the plane prior to pushing. I will probably not try this cus pushing a plane through the grass slightly uphill would be a bitch.
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