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Use down elevator to lift the tail, then up elevator to take off.
15% (397 votes)
Use no elevator until the tail is in the air and you're ready to take off.
55% (1450 votes)
Use up elevator from the start of the ground roll through takeoff.
30% (791 votes)
Total votes: 2638

3 comments

I vote "none of the above:"
Hold up elevator at start of takeoff roll. Release to neutral as soon as rudder becomes effective. When flying speed is achieved, use a touch of up to rotate and break ground.

IMO all three methods have merit. I employ all three, some times in one flight, landings and take offs are my favorite maneuvers as well as touch and go. I experiment with each trying to achieve a nice departure with my tail dragger planes. Our club field has cross winds 90% of the time.

When I fly off of grass, I need to use up elevator from the get go to keep from nosing over my warbirds. I ease up once the tail is up.
This poll is flawed because every plane is different. Wind and the surface you're taking off from also determines how you use your elevator.

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