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hey guys, I am completely new to flight simulator and have learned a lot from these forums, but it seems like the simplest task in the game is the hardest for me. When I start a free flight on an active runway, I can accelerate and takeoff straight without having to steer the plane. But once I land and start taxiing and I turn, I can never get the plane to go straight again. It continues to go either a little left or a little right. I thought it may be wind, but the plane won't go straight on the same runway that it just went straight on before I started using the rudders. It seems to be the same problem with any plane, including jets. I guess my question is that is there a way to see the position of the rudders on the plane or is there a way to center them before takeoff. I know this question may not be worth your time since most of you are pros at this game, but any help would be greatly appreciated.

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RadarMan Chief Captain

We all started sometime and we all were newbies.

The best way is of course to take the lessons but i don't have patience for them.
Go to the missions, one of them teaches you to taxi.
It's about a 10 minute lesson, try it come on back and tell us if it's easier with the aircraft you use regularly now that you "learned", if the "mission" is that good.

Radar

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mdaskalos First Officer

For me, the taxiing task is one where the keyboard is actually your friend. Go to the numeric pad at the right of the keyboard - pressing "5" centers your controls - rudders, ailerons, elevators, nosewheel.

The plane rolls straight every time.

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mdaskalos wrote:

For me, the taxiing task is one where the keyboard is actually your friend. Go to the numeric pad at the right of the keyboard - pressing "5" centers your controls - rudders, ailerons, elevators, nosewheel.

The plane rolls straight every time.

Worked like a charm. Thanks

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Charlie10 First Officer

A common steering problem while taxing is inadvertantly using the brake with the rudder. This can create over-control. "Heels on the floor" (a takeoff procedure) will eliminate accidental braking.

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