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Thanks for that tip Mac. I don't have DC-3 time and haven't read the flight limitations, yet. Reading up more it seem that there are airplanes that are far easier to wheel land than to three-point, such as the Globe/Temco Swift, the Beech 18 and DC-3.
The J-3, C-170, definitely did numerous 3-point and main wheel landings. If a pilot is not current, or does not have a lot of tailwheel time, and if there is not a strong or gusty crosswind (each individual pilot has to define strong), a three-point landing is usually the better way to go. There is less kinetic energy to deal with during the rollout, and flaring at the wrong height or making a hard landing is no big deal, so the pilot can concentrate on just one variable, directional control. It is the more conservative landing in most airplanes, and when in doubt, the conservative approach to dealing with a moving object is often the better one.
I consider myself one of the lucky ones, no ground loop... yet?
Here what the US FAA has to say about tailwheel transition per Airplane Flying Handbook (FAA-H-8083-3C),
I recently installed Fred Zealor's excellent FSX KABY scenery. I noticed that I have some flickering issues with two of the hangers as well as the green door on another. The two hangers are directly in front and slight to the right of the Park 012 location. The third one is off the left.
Any clues on how to resolve this, or is a case of living with it? I can do that, but if something can be fixed I would like to fix it.
Sorry mate but Ive never landed a DC3 in the 3 point attitude - ever. Dont know of anyone who did. The rudder doesn't have enough authority under 70 -80 kts. Best to aim for the end of the runway at 90kts level, 2300/20" and on touch down apply brakes and balance the elevator and fly that big tail down gently. I have a lot of hours on J3, Super Cubs and the Dakota. There are two types of pilot, those who have ground looped, and those who will. Thankfully my ground loop was gentle in G-ROVE at Glasgow. Cheeky bastard in the tower called me "Would you like to do a 180 and continue to the end of the runway- or can you taxi back to parking where you are !"... Had I been Dak' I might not be here to tell the story 🙂
I believe now because of a visual clue that the taxi issue is caused by an elevation issue. It being addon scenery. I say this because I notice that the Approach and Touchdown zones lights are above the ground.I searched in the net how to fix this and honestly it's beyond me. I have no idea how to use ADE to fix this and seeing as it's impossible to communicate with the authors,I find myself forced to change my default
There's also the whole tailwheel vs trike landing discussion. Most landing with a tail wheeled aircraft are done on main gear, rudder for directional control, tail wheel settles as get slower, then rudder, rudder, rudder, until engines off in the chocks. Of course for short field landing a three-point landing is the best, slow sleep, lots of wheel friction, and don't forget gentle brakes, on/off/on/off.... Add a cross wind and this is not for the feint at heart. The more we make sim flying realistic, the higher the challenge and greater the reward. OK time to try a short field, over the trees, crosswind landing with a J-3 and then a DC-3. I'll let you know how it goes!