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Chris
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PostSubject: My first ground loop   Fri Aug 08, 2008 1:36 am

As usual I was back out practicing tail up taxi tonight but the conditions were far from ideal. the wind was out of the north east at about 7-8mph I was on my 4th run headed downwind with the wind comming from my back left when it happend. As I set the tail back on the ground I suddenly felt as if I had no rudder authority anymore, the plane slowly started to turn left as the tail began to weathervane, I pushed full right rudderin an atempt to stop the turn but to no avail. all I could do was hang on for the ride. the plane abruptly swung 90deg to the left before I could get it stopped. I then taxied back to the hanger and inspected my tailwheel assembly finding no damage I returned to the field and continued to practice.

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Chris

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PostSubject: Re: My first ground loop   Tue Sep 02, 2008 11:42 am

7-8mph I was on my 4th run headed downwind with the wind comming from my back left when it happend. As I set the tail back on the ground I suddenly felt as if I had no rudder authority anymore
WHY are you taxiing down wind with the tail in flying position.
If you want to do a tail high taxi do it INTO THE WIND.
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