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Exercise 5 Taxying. Exercise 5 Taxying. Aim To safely control the aircraft while manoeuvring on the ground, in different wind conditions and on different surfaces. Starting and Stopping. Power is used to commence taxing. A fast walking speed is a safe Taxying speed.
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Exercise 5 Taxying Aim To safely control the aircraft while manoeuvring on the ground, in different wind conditions and on different surfaces
Starting and Stopping Power is used to commence taxing A fast walking speed is a safe Taxying speed To slow down power should be reduced Beware of ground surfaces Look before starting to Taxy behind side to side and in front
Parking aircraft • It is important to ensure that there is nothing in front if the aircraft ie- hangers, cars, other aircraft. Or any other obstruction.
Prop wash Parking of aircraft • Space in front clear obstructions • Away from hanger doors • Other aircraft • Cars • People • Loose airframe. Pilot equipment ,headsets, map cases • Debris ,bags • Loose stones which could be blown back • Pebbles under prop vortex pick up (plus possible damage to prop}
Steering A flexwing microlight has a high centre of gravity. sharp steering inputs can lead to the aircraft falling over! Steering is if we use the analogy- like turning a bicycle handle bars or old fashioned trolley (frommychild hooddays) push left to go right push right to go left Additionally Sharpe changes of direction can apply large torsion loads to the wing attachment point. Always turn gently and brace the control to minimise the wind up between trike and wing.
Microlight are easily blown over in a wind. Correct use of the controls to minimise this possibility. Always keep the wing into wind down into wind. Headwind : bar back Tail wind : bar forward Crosswind : lower into wind slightly Wind Wind Parking Always leave wing down into wind and secured on front strut or tie down.
Be aware of steering with wing Nose down Bar back Wing down into wind Nose up bar forward wind wind
When Taxying Check compass swing. Engine temps. Oil and water temperatures Fuel. Aircraft Brakes Throttles Instrument Checks
Brake failure Collision Danger. Close throttle steer away from obstructions ,if possible steer on to high friction surface –Grass Turn mags off if necessary Close throttle mags of master off ,fuel off Emergencies
Airmanship • Maintain A good lookout • Be awareof your own prop wash in relation other people aircraft and debris • Operate throttle smoothly and brake • Obey right of way rules and marshalling instructions • Taxyat appropriate speeds fast Taxying is foolish and can lead to accidents