Guides to avoid tail strikes

I must say that I love all the infinite flight guides on YouTube. But one thing I’ve noticed flying around a lot (especially on the training server) are pilots messing up takeoffs and landings by scraping the tail on takeoff/landing.

I think it would be a great idea to make a handy guide video to teach newer pilots how to avoid tail strikes on takeoff and landing.

For me personally, I have taught myself how to not scrape the tail on takeoff especially with the Airbus A321, Airbus A340, Boeing 737-900, Boeing 747-8i and the Boeing 777-300ER due to their length, by simply making sure I don’t go past a certain angle during rotation.

Just a suggestion for the the IF team to consider for the next guide in the near future. I think most pilots will appreciate it when they see their replays and don’t have to go “Ouch.” I still sometimes accidentally strike the tail on landing, and I think I would appreciate a guide like this.

On a side note, for the next update, you guys need to work the 787-9’s HUD angle, for some reason it faces downwards rather than directly out at a level 90° angle (only seems to be a problem for the -9, no problem on the -8 or -10)


I think this would be a great idea! I myself sometimes strike the tail on takeoff.

I think the IF team is aware of this.

1 Like

I haven’t had a tail strike in a year or so. What I usually do when flying some of the planes you listed above is to simply use a higher N1 or rotate at a higher speed, to make sure I’m not fighting with the aircraft to get it off the ground

When I am on the 777 in real life, especially sitting in the back, you notice that the aircraft sort of holds itself in a pitch up position for at least 5 seconds, then it lifts off very slowly. It’s an amazing experience though.

1 Like

I would add the best way to take off properly starts in IF just as in RL with knowing the exact VR and power setting required. Fcoms are our friends here (when available).

1 Like

This topic was automatically closed 90 days after the last reply. New replies are no longer allowed.