Get your tailwheel ticket.

Discussion in 'Flight Following' started by whereisrandall, Nov 18, 2017.

  1. mscard88

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    Looky here Ryan, years the Aero Club had a T-34A for like $9/HR! Now this was years ago obviously, but when I finally decided, it was GONE! As in GONE! So you need to ge that STearman ride quicker than "very soon". You've been warned. ;)
     
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    if you can fly the t-6 from the back seat your
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    I agree with a couple of statements.
    Flying a taildragger WILL make you a better pilot. That can probably be said of a lot of other endorsements, as well.
    If you are after a TW endorsement just so you can brag about it that's fine, otherwise don't do it unless you can stay very proficient at it.
    The road to ground loop Hell is paved with guys who used to fly taildraggers, back in the day.
     
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    At least taildraggers don't have to worry about hitting nosewheel first and wheelbarrowing until the nose gear gives or you get a prop strike like some folks I know of.
     
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    It's quite possible to get a prop strike with a taildragger. Trust me...
     
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    mscard88 Touchdown! Greaser!

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    Uh huh. What did you do? Sharing the story? :)
     
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    Sure it is. It is also possible to flip over a nose dragger. I've never really had a problem wheelbarrowing a taildragger and it is much harder to get a prop strike unless you are just along for the ride.


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    tail draggers do blow over easier.
     
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    You can also flip one by braking too hard.
     
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    You're on, buy ya one or three when you visit the Southeast. ;)
     
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    How about the Dam Kentucky fly-in? ;)
     
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    When is that again?
     
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    Late April.
     
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    Trained properly, short of mechanical failure or an unbriefed passenger pushing on them, you shouldn't. I've been in plenty of cases where hard taking in a t/w was required. If with full back stick the tail starts to rise, you either ease up on the brakes or use a burst of power...or both, if necessary. Novel concepts to non-tailwheel drivers.


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    One thing that I've noticed with tailwheel pilots is that they know how to use their feet properly.

    Tailwheel training should be at the initial presolo stage. Nosewheels can be flown later.
     
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    2018?
     
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    Now go get checked out in a Pitts...
     
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    Of course you were! :rolleyes:
     
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    I was, just wanted to see if you'd bite, hell, you swallowed the damn hook! :D
     
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    Yup, and you didn't fail me brother! ;)
     
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    Yeah, but you owe me half the ticket revenue.
     
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    You accept beer in lieu of cash though right?
     
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    What, you got some PBR to unload?
     
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    Well, I prefer to share "ticket revenue' if you will. No, I usually don't share my PBR.
     
  30. whereisrandall

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    @Tarheelpilot , I flew a Husky - then as soon as I could, got into a Champ and a Citabria. So. FUN.
     
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    Look me up when you do. I rent my 430W C172L for $60 dry. It's a pretty good platform to bomb around Maine in.
     
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    Not in all airplanes. Look at this pic looking out the windscreen while sitting on the ground in this tail wheel airplane.
     

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    I will definitely do that
     
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    Not all fly the same. I flew an airplane that the nose wheel would turn when pushing on the rudder. This caused the nose of the airplane to be pushed around by this. I then flew this same airplane as a tail wheel or converted to a tail wheel. It flew much better as a tail wheel not having the nose wheel out front.
     
  36. Zeldman

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    In the private pilot world that is probably true.

    Otherwise I am guessing you never flew in strong cross winds. A number of times I have been on very short final, one rudder pedal glued to the floor. 5 -10 inches difference in manifold pressure between the engines and using ailerons and bank angle to keep the plane lined up with the runway and hoping there is a slight drop in wind speed so I can get the plane lined up with the center line at touch down. Amazing how much better the heater works in those conditions.....

    My tail wheel training consisting of me sitting in the plane and the guy showing me where everything is, then a 1 minute talk on landing. I never finished the endorsement part. But I don't have a need to fly tail wheels. I almost had the chance to learn in a AN-2 but maintenance happened.
     
  37. Bobcat1

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    I've flown enough crosswinds in the last 44 years. You can tell if a guy's flown tailwheel or not just as soon as he's taken the runway.
     
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    You typically tell as soon as he starts to taxi.
     
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    LOL no doubt!

     
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    I contend that any additional ratings or endorsements make you a better pilot in some way.

    My extensive tailwheel time, I believe, prepared me very well for stepping into the Mooney which of course moved me another step with a complex endorsement.

    I believe that enough tailwheel time, most especially in gusty and/or variable crosswind prepares you for most anything in the way of crosswind in a tricycle plane. I did my transition training into the Mooney, by necessity on a day with crazy crosswinds. I was worried to death, but found crosswind a non event due to my tailwheel training. Any advanced training leading to a rating or endorsement is not a bad thing.