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Martin Harris10/10/2019 00:26:07
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It's not so long ago that it was standard practice to teach new pilots to take off in this way - at least at our club. When I started to instruct, I made a point of getting my pupils to take off from the pilot's box right from their first attempts and they managed very well. It fairly quickly became the norm and only a few of the old diehards still ventured out onto the runway and refused to adapt. I was very pleased when the BMFA specified that take offs for A tests were to be controlled from the pilot's box.

Personally, I find it far more important to be able to judge the model's attitude effectively from the side than any dubious benefit of standing behind - and if you can't judge a straight take of run from that position, how can you do the same for a landing?

Brian Cooper10/10/2019 10:56:52
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Posted by Martin Harris on 10/10/2019 00:26:07:

It's not so long ago that it was standard practice to teach new pilots to take off in this way - at least at our club. When I started to instruct, I made a point of getting my pupils to take off from the pilot's box right from their first attempts and they managed very well. It fairly quickly became the norm and only a few of the old diehards still ventured out onto the runway and refused to adapt. I was very pleased when the BMFA specified that take offs for A tests were to be controlled from the pilot's box.

Personally, I find it far more important to be able to judge the model's attitude effectively from the side than any dubious benefit of standing behind - and if you can't judge a straight take of run from that position, how can you do the same for a landing?

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​HEAR HEAR to that.

B.C.

Edited By Brian Cooper on 10/10/2019 11:01:28

Denis Watkins10/10/2019 11:11:56
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Use of pilots box vital yes

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