I have been practicing on the 747 lately and I have a question that someone might be able to answer. When I take off immediately after landing (a short stop) I need to set the elevator trim properly. On the 737 there is an indicator on the panel but I can't find one on the 747. Is there an easy way to know which is the current trim setting?
I had a terrible takeoff attempt with a way too high elevation trim settings which caused the aircraft to rotate at around 90 knots....
I'm not sure but I think there is a trim indicator on the throttle panel.
You wont be able to tell how the trim is set with the wheel tho. It doesnt have a indicator of position i dont think. You just have to work by how it feels.
On the default 747 the Stab trim setting can be seen by opening up the throttle quadrant . It is on the left hand side next to the speed brake lever. Keep the indicator in the green! Rudder trim is on the bottom left of the quadrant.
Ah, now I see it. Thanks for the help. That will make things easier...
Taking off and ensuring that your trim is properly set is indeed essential for safe and efficient flight. The 747, being a classic and complex aircraft, can have some nuances that differ from the more modernized 737 cockpit.
In the end, practice makes perfect. Don't get discouraged by that early rotation you experienced; we've all been there at some point. The key is to learn, adapt, and fly safely.
Safe skies and happy landings!
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