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Old 03-10-2003, 10:38 PM
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Default Does anyone else get this feeling on take-off?

I don't know if its just me being a strange person or if it happens to everyone on take-off.

Whenever i'm going to take-off, i always get really nervous about doing so. I hate this part of flying, when i'm up in the air i'm fine and landings i don't get nervous nearly as much as takeing off.

I just hate seeing any of my planes roll along and then take-off. I always get this vision of the plane suddenly stalling and crashing

Anyone else out there like this or jus me
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Old 03-10-2003, 10:45 PM
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Default Does anyone else get this feeling on take-off?

The only time I get that feeling is when I am taxing down the runway for takeoff with a new plane. I do get a little anxious when I get to the field, but that goes away quiclky once I get into "RC Mode"
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Old 03-10-2003, 10:54 PM
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Default Does anyone else get this feeling on take-off?

I'd say I'm nervous taxiing any plane for take off, especially new ones or other people's.

However it dissapears entirely when I give it the juice. :devious:

I'd also like to add that if you aren't a little bit nervous, then you are overconfident and that's when things bite you.
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Old 03-10-2003, 11:03 PM
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Default Does anyone else get this feeling on take-off?

When I first started flying R/C planes I would get nervous before takeoff. Once I started the takeoff run I would be fine, I was concentrating more on controling it at that point than how I felt.

Now I don't get nervous at all. I've built and flown enough planes for myself and others, that I don't get worked up about anything anymore. That may be a good or bad thing.

The feeling will go away as you get more confidence.
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Old 03-10-2003, 11:06 PM
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Default Does anyone else get this feeling on take-off?

I would have to agree, I get a bit of uneasiness during the take off mode. However I see it as the best part of flying. Watching an airplane that I'm controlling leave the ground is very enjoyable.

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Old 03-10-2003, 11:15 PM
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Default Does anyone else get this feeling on take-off?

Other people on takeoff make me nervous at times, but not mine. The ones that break ground and try to go straight up without enough power to do so are nasty. I like a scale like flatter climb out. It looks nicer. Try it, see if that helps.
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Old 03-10-2003, 11:47 PM
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Default Does anyone else get this feeling on take-off?

I get the jitters for the first flight of the day, especially the takeoff. After the first flight though it doesn't bother me for the rest of the day. I'm sure i'll be nervous the first flight of the season if it ever warms up. In 3 months I only have one day of flying, and thats with my magic, not much to taking that one off. So I'm ready for the shaky knees as soon as spring arrives!!!

If your worried about stalling, then take FLYBOY's advice and use a gradual climb rate instead of cranking the plane straight up.
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Old 03-11-2003, 12:17 AM
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Default Does anyone else get this feeling on take-off?

As stated, a straight up ascent will scare me to death (much like the liftoff of my newest spad yesterday afternoon...lets just say it wasn't trimmed right....) As for my GP Learjet though, I actually get bigger goosebumps watching it slowly climb out like the real thing. My .02
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Old 03-11-2003, 12:45 AM
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Default Vtol

What your referring to is called PUCKER FACTOR!! quite common in the RC hobby
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Old 03-11-2003, 12:45 AM
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Default Does anyone else get this feeling on take-off?

I have trashed a couple nice planes on takeoff but it was when I was flying trainers all the time.
Something about using all or about all the power I had on and close to the ground shook me.
Now the only time it bothers me is with a new plane.
The guy that trained me destroyed a Top Cap of mine on take off. He had flown it many times before but this time I landed it and handed him the XMTR and everything was on 3D rates. Did a nice 2' loop and nosed in. What a mess but it really was my fault! Should have told him or hit a couple switches before he flew.
He has a Fazer now. Think he will let me fly it?
Naw...Just kidding, he has let me fly it many times.

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Old 03-11-2003, 02:57 AM
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Default Does anyone else get this feeling on take-off?

I love to take off, in fact, I love to take off across the runway (away form the pits) just to see if i can get it of the ground in that time. It landing that's mandatory
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Old 03-11-2003, 06:18 AM
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Default Does anyone else get this feeling on take-off?

The only thing that worries me about taking off is....I gotta land it.
Not much to do on take off...just crank open the throttle, steer a little bit to keep it straight, and she just about takes off on her own.. nice flat gentle climb out gain altitude gentle turn and then reduce power. Now landing is much busier, and more nerve wracking for me...keeping enough airspeed lining up with the run way getting right glide path to get to the runway, managing power flaring at the right time, etc. but lots of fun when you do it all right and grease it in....
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Old 03-11-2003, 06:35 AM
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Default Does anyone else get this feeling on take-off?

I don't get nervous on take offs and landings as I enjoy that part, it's when I'm in the air that I get nervous. Maybe I am just built backwards or something. The first flight of the season for me is the nervous one and I had to take the last year off so this year i will be shaking I suppose.
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Old 03-11-2003, 06:38 AM
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I agree with Chuck....the only thing that really worries me at take off (unless it is the first take off with a new plane) is the knowledge that I will have to land at some point in the not too distant future...If only I could have auto pilot for landing, I would be a GREAT pilot...and would never have to worry...All I hear in my head when I'm on final is a quote from Top Gun..."...time to do some of that pilot $&it Mav..."And now that I think of it, my landings sometimes resemble Couger after he freaked out...ok, ok So I've seen Top Gun a FEW times...if it has or is about planes, I've seen it...I also grew up in San Diego right next to Miramar and got to watch parts of that movie being filmed as well as constantly being around the planes...I digress...take offs are ok...landings cause MAJOR pucker!!!

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Old 03-11-2003, 12:38 PM
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Default Does anyone else get this feeling on take-off?

After my first crash i used to worry each takeoff could be the last. i've gotton over that now, but i only have two planes with wheels and they are fun flys. i do like teaching people because i get to play with planes that take off peropperly, i love doing scale smooth takeoff and the same for landing. most fun so far was the koyosho Lear jet, boy did that look good, and it was from a tarmac runway too.. loved it, taxied back to the flight box too.
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Default Does anyone else get this feeling on take-off?

wasn't it Cougar that freaked out at the beginning of the movie, not Merlin???
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Old 03-11-2003, 07:10 PM
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I love going straight up!!!


Seriously, go out and do touch and go's until dark. That will help!
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Old 03-11-2003, 07:44 PM
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Default Does anyone else get this feeling on take-off?

I stand corrected....it WAS Couger that freaked out...he lost his edge....My fault...it was late and the mind was about as sharp as a basketball...Thanks for setting me straight...I'll go fix it in the original post.
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Old 03-11-2003, 07:48 PM
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The last couple of times I have gone out, I have done so with the full intention of just doing touch and goes...then I get it in the air and the next thing I know, I've been screwing around for almost 10 minutes and it's time to come down and get more gas...I really do need to be more disciplined and spend my flight time and gas just doing the touch and goes....with maybe a few snaps and spins while coming around on final

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Old 03-11-2003, 08:04 PM
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Default Does anyone else get this feeling on take-off?

Cool!

Making low passes across the field is also good (for those who frequent the fun fly forum, I'm talking about right side up. Anywhooo, make sure you have a reliable engine with a good idle. Then paint lines over the field, gradually making the passes lower. Don't do this super fast. Do this with just enough speed to keep from stalling. Soon you will be traversing the field at a couple of feet the whole length. If it is windy out you will need to keep a little more power on. Several sessions of doing those and you will be very comfy flying low. Enjoy!
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Default Does anyone else get this feeling on take-off?

There is nothing like a great landing. I used to do one touch and go after another until I could float anything onto the runway. Nothing worse than walking out and getting parts off the runway. Had fun with a friends plane last weekend in the snow. Touch only one ski and see how far you could go down the runway with just that one touching. What a blast. One float touch and goes on floats or just touching the water rudders in and not the float is a great way to practice landing control too. What a blast.
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