There is just something intangible about flying taildragger aircraft that defies explanation. For some, it is the mystique that harkens back to the golden age of aviation, for others, it is a gateway into the wonderful world of aerobatics. Whatever your reason, we will be happy to assist you in getting your tailwheel endorsement. We do all of our taildragger endorsement training in our beautifully restored stock Piper J3 Cub. An icon of the era, and of American general aviation in general, the J-3 Cub has long been loved by pilots and non-pilots alike, with thousands still in use today. Its hard to find a better experience in aviation than flying a Cub with the door open and hoping from one grass runway to another.
What are the requirements for a tailwheel endorsement?
You don't need a tailwheel endorsement if you’ve already logged pilot-in-command (PIC) time in a tailwheel airplane prior to April 15, 1991. Otherwise, you must now receive a one-time logbook endorsement to act as PIC in a tailwheel airplane.
Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) section 61.31(i) elaborates:
"The flight training must include at least the following maneuvers and procedures:
(i) Normal and crosswind takeoffs and landings;
(ii) Wheel landings (unless the manufacturer has recommended against such landings); and
(iii) Go-around procedures."
The courses we offer are designed to take someone who has virtually no experience with a taildragger aircraft and train them to a level of proficiency that will allow them to handle a conventional aircraft in a variety of wind conditions on differnent types of landing surfaces.
How long will that really take?
Pilots want their flight training boiled down to number of hours. After all, hours translate into dollars. But when transitioning to tailwheel flying, the number of landings is actually a better yardstick for measuring one's "tailwheel readiness." Most pilots are competent to solo somewhere between 30 and 60 landings on paved runways. This usually translates into 7 to 10 hours of dual, most of which is spent in the traffic pattern.