Perhaps the biggest skill needed to fly a high-performance aircraft is the ability to apply right rudder
, particularly on takeoff, to compensate for the additional left-turning tendencies from greater horsepower.
"He believes this was caused by a failure to apply sufficient right rudder
to counter the engine torque and not maintaining sight of the right edge of the runway, which borders a field of crops, in his peripheral vision."
I applied right rudder
in order to maximise ground run available and took a diagonal track'."
Bob and I then pushed down, actually stood on, the right rudder
pedals with all our might, while giving our two remaining right wing engines full throttle.
The purpose of the TCTO is to prevent premature wear on the right rudder
actuator rod end bearing.
I thought the copilot was intentionally putting in right rudder
. I still felt we needed left rudder, but in that moment of uncertainty, I allowed my pressure on the left pedal to decrease long enough that we no longer had the needed left rudder input.
As with a Pitts, one method is to fly the approach in a slip with right rudder
, so the runway is visible out the left side of the airplane.
He applied right rudder
and right brake to correct but did not reduce power, actuate nose wheel steering, or elect to abort takeoff.
Over I went sharply - right rudder
- heaving the stick back into my stomach.
As it touched down, it veered to the left and the captain had to apply "significant amounts of right rudder
" to hold the aircraft steady.
Had to use left-wing down and right rudder
to gravity feed."