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I tried a few more times. Nothing.
Ken turned the switches off and called
me to the cockpit for another lesson. We
had flooded the engine, but that was easy
to fix. With the switches off and throttle
open, he instructed me to turn the prop
backward a few times to unflood it.
Time to try again. This time it fired!
The most amazing part was it didn’t feel
dangerous at all. I was five or six steps back
and nowhere near the prop by the time it
came to life.
With reverent fear I gently
touched the prop. The cold metal
felt different this time. I paused
briefly then swung my right leg
forward just as I had rehearsed.
I also was amazed how easy the prop
turned. It didn’t require brute strength as
I imagined. Ken said metal props are
sometimes easier than wood because
there is more momentum mass to carry
through the compression strokes. Good
Once the prop was spinning it became
invisible. I was taught a safe way to
approach the cockpit was to walk to the
end of the wing and follow it to the cockpit.
Establishing this habit eliminates the
temptation to cheat corners and get near
Flying back to Oshkosh I reflected on
my new skill and felt a bit closer to those
early aviators. I can’t wait for the next time
I’m at a small country airport and a fellow
flier needs a hand to get going.
Ken will be back with his Cessna 140 to
AirVenture next summer to give daily
hand-propping demonstrations in front of
the VAA Red Barn. Please don’t use this
column as your hand-propping handbook.
Instead, let Ken or another experienced
mentor teach you how to do it safely. Your
fingers will thank you.
Brady Lane, EAA 808095, is a multimedia journalist for EAA and a sport pilot. To see a video of