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Tower: "Yankee Zulu Alfa, cleared for takeoff, left hand circuits"
Jake: Throttle to full, engine checks, plane accelerates
.... plane accelerates
Jake: Applies a bit of rudder to straighten the plane
Jake: Hits brakes accidentially instead of the rudder
Plane: I'm going off the runway now
.... plane hits 55 knots
Instructor: "I have control", grabs stick, rudders hard, and takes off. Looks at me.
Jake: "What was that?"
Instructor: "I dunno, check tires."
Jake: "Tires are fine. I wonder if I hit the brake instead of the rudder."
Instructor: "Yeah, probably. I already have students that I expect to do stupid things like that, you're usually pretty good so I wasn't expecting that."
Jake: "I have big feet."
Instructor: "Yeah, well keep them off the damned brakes when you're taking off."
You need a bigger plane, Jake.
No kidding. I can fly the 172 just fine, but it's tricky to get in and out of it.
My school has 10 Katana DA-20 planes and 2 Cessna 172s. I can't even fit in the Katana, but the 172 is pretty nice to me.
The brakes are in a stupid location, though!