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Conquering the fear of hand propping

By Admin, 26/11/19
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Hand Propping - RESPECT required to not get hurt or killed!

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All looks fair enough.  Never fully lose the fear. Keep wary of any prop.  Nev

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I was ( after whacking my finger) told to always stand behind the prop, so the blade will help to push you away, if like me are slow, (to remove hand from ark of blade).

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It doesn't  on a T/W and you have your fingers around the sharp trailing edge if you are not careful and as the prop turns you go forward into it's arc.. I know a lot do it from behind the prop these days but I hardly EVER have and consider it more dangerous.. HE was starting with switches to BOTH. Only the  "tripping" IMPULSE magneto should be selected as it's firing retarded. Some engines have impulse on both mags. With that, you don't have to swing the prop FAST as the IMPULSE gives a fat spark at any revs at all. That's WHY  you treat all props as LIVE. Nev

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I trained and flew in a J3 Cub and always proped from behind one hand for the prop the other ALLWAYS griping the open door jamb, wheels chocked and para cord attached up to the cab to pull in when ready. Why would you want to stand in front of an aircrafts prop that your swinging especially with no one in it when solo and just trust that it won,t high rev and move forward. Its a no brainer for me eh.

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Hand-starting the first engine on my little Jodel was easy and fairly safe because I could have my right foot firmly in front of the left wheel and my right hand gripping the windscreen frame, right next to the kill switches.

I was leaning back, away from the lethal thing.

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You don't "stand" in front of an aircraft's prop. As you swing it, you move to the side. It's part of the action you do. You push the blade with  the flat of your hand, not with fingers around the sharp trailing edge,  chock the wheels and check the throttle is just near idle the idle  when you check the motor and prime it.  and joystick held fully back with the seatbelt if you are doing it solo, which is not the normal or accepted way of doing it. Until the 60's the majority of light planes would be hand started and I can't recall an injury or close call around where I operated. People SHOULD show respect for a prop always. It was drilled into you back then. In Industry an unguarded lethal thing like that would not be permitted on any site.  Nev

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