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Throttle placement in the hand while launching

by Had Robinson

If you fly any of the Miniplanes, you may wonder what is the best way to hold the throttle while launching.  Pilots do not want to accidently squeeze the throttle while inflating the glider, getting it into position, or before being ready to go.

The Miniplane throttle is shaped so pilots can hold it securely in order to prevent accidentally powering up the engine.  Take a look at the photo below.

Miniplane throttle placement

With the middle finger under the throttle, any attempt of other parts of the hand to squeeze the throttle are stopped.  As soon as the pilot turns to go (reverse inflation) or proceeds with a forward inflation, he can slip that middle finger out of position and squeeze the throttle.

(Photo by Had Robinson of pilot Ken Hunkus.)

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