Flight schools near NYC with taildraggers?

Discussion in 'Pilot Training' started by DHOA, Feb 19, 2017.

  1. DHOA

    DHOA Filing Flight Plan

    Feb 19, 2017
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Ariane Marder
    Hi everyone,

    Please forgive me if I sound like an amateur! I'm new to this and am looking for guidance.

    I live in the New York area and have taken one flight lesson in KGBR Great Barrington. I fell in love with flying in Kenya and my dream is to be able to fly a taildragger/bush plane. The issue with Great Barrington is this: it takes me two-and-half hours each way and often they cancel on me due to wind conditions (though I do love the small-town vibe!).

    My questions are as follows:
    1. Where can I learn to fly a taildragger near NYC? (Cessna 180/182)
    There seem to be plenty of options, but I want to learn with the best.

    2.Ideally, I'd like to learn at a non-towered airport AND a towered airport. I've looked around and it appears that mastering both are integral to being a good pilot. Is this possible?

    2. Also, is there any downside to learning on a tailwheel first?

    Many thanks in advance!
  2. Capt. Geoffrey Thorpe

    Capt. Geoffrey Thorpe Touchdown! Greaser! PoA Supporter

    Jun 7, 2008
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Light and Sporty Guy
    I would think so

    Other than it will be hard to find one to solo - no. You could do your initial work in a tailwheel then transition to a nosewheel in an hour or so to do your solo work without the insurance problems.
  3. skier

    skier Line Up and Wait

    Jan 8, 2007
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Andover Flight in Andover, NJ has a good reputation. I did my tail wheel rating there and was very happy with them. When I did my training there, the had a bush flying program. I believe they still do.