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Tail Wheel

Post by Sierra Papa » Mon Dec 28, 2009 10:52 pm

Hi All,

What's exactly involved in tail wheel convertion. How many hours mininum does one have to fly and does it have to be with an instructor or another, tail experienced pilot, would do??? Thank you.

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Re: Tail Wheel

Post by Rudy » Tue Dec 29, 2009 10:39 am

S.P.
Tailwheel differences training takes about 6 hours and because it's training it needs to be through an RTF or FTO. Once completed the instructor makes an entry in your logbook.
It's well worth it as it opens up a whole new fleet of aircraft to you.

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Re: Tail Wheel

Post by Sierra Papa » Tue Dec 29, 2009 5:08 pm

Thanks Rudy,

Do you know if an instructor with a UK licence can sign me of if I do my tail wheel up the North, I have an Irish PPL.

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Re: Tail Wheel

Post by Rudy » Wed Dec 30, 2009 11:11 am

S.P.
On the assumption that both you and he operate on JAR licenses then there is no problem.
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Re: Tail Wheel

Post by OnTheNumbers » Thu Dec 31, 2009 10:10 am

My tailwheel signoff was done in the UK with a UK instructor. As long as they're entitled to do the signoff, the the fact that they are a UK instructor doesn't matter.

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Re: Tail Wheel

Post by Sierra Papa » Mon Jan 04, 2010 7:52 pm

Thanks a lot for all your replies.
Had my first 1.5 hrs on a Piper Cub, LOTS OF FUN!!!

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Re: Tail Wheel

Post by 737DRIVER » Thu Jan 07, 2010 5:18 pm

I am hoping to do a tailwheel checkout when I have a bit more time. What clubs/schools currently do tailwheel checkouts?

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Re: Tail Wheel

Post by Nanolight » Thu Jan 07, 2010 10:58 pm

Check out www.irishaerosports.com they do tailwheel flying and are based in Kilkenny.
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Re: Tail Wheel

Post by michael747 » Fri Jan 08, 2010 4:47 pm

Nanolight wrote:Check out http://www.irishaerosports.com they do tailwheel flying and are based in Kilkenny.
Yep, I done an intro to tailwheel flying with Vince down there, Its a beautiful Citabria they have.
Highly recommend them
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Re: Tail Wheel

Post by 737DRIVER » Fri Jan 08, 2010 5:20 pm

I have been in contact with Vincent and it sounds like a good set up there, hopefully I will get it done in a few months when the type rating is out of the way :D

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Re: Tail Wheel

Post by JimC » Tue Feb 09, 2010 3:03 pm

Sierra Papa, I've got about 1500 hours in a J3 Cub and have enjoyed every one of them.
Have fun and happy flying,
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Re: Tail Wheel

Post by MCRO » Mon Feb 15, 2010 9:40 am

If there were enough tail-draggers around so that everyone could be trained to First Solo in such an one how much more complete and comprehensive and less costly would be our training.

Conversions later to nosegearare simple as the taildragger isn't required to do anything which to him seems against instinct

Not so v/v

The philosophy is odd : why should recreational pilot be keen to confine themselves to runways as opposed to fields - there are many more of te latter to choose from

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Re: Tail Wheel

Post by JimC » Tue Feb 16, 2010 7:53 pm

.....If there were enough tail-draggers around so that everyone could be trained to First Solo in such an one how much more complete and comprehensive and less costly would be our training.

I agree with the less costly part (am not so sure about the more complete and comprehensive).

I bought a J3 Cub in order to learn to fly in 1965. Still have it (I love J3's). Average time to solo back then was about 7 hours. Seems to take longer these days, so I suspect on average, the pilots are a bit more competent now.
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Re: Tail Wheel

Post by OnTheNumbers » Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:30 pm

Hi Jimc,

I think you may have a point about the the more comprehensive part but mostly in relation to safety and procedural elements. Having just switched to the joys (fraught footwork) of tailwheel flying I do think that tailwheel trained pilot are probably more more complete pilots from a pure stick and rudder perspective.

Maybe first soloes had less on their plates too - less airspace, non-radios, simler airplanes?

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Re: Tail Wheel

Post by JimC » Wed Feb 17, 2010 4:25 am

David, we did have a lot less on our plates back then. I learned in a J3 and most of my time to this day is in taildraggers, so I never got into the habit of using much rudder in one. I just put in a rudder deflection for the average crosswind and modulate that as required by the gusts, so I generally don't have a lot of rudder activity. I'm not a particularly high time pilot -- most of my time is in a J3 (about 1500 hours), followed by PA-11, PA-12, PA-18, Stearman, Great Lakes (I love the 440 Ranger engine), Luscombe, Cessna 140, Cessna 170, Cessna 180, and Champ. I'm a whole lot more comfortable in the J3 than I am in my Cherokee.
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