Tailwheel Transition Program
Our transition program is designed for current pilots who wish to become proficient with tailwheel style landing gear. If you are new to aviation, this program doesn’t apply to you as you will either be learning tailwheel from the start, which means we will incorporate this program into your basic flight instruction, or you will begin in one of our tricycle gear aircraft.
Pilots desiring a transition program usually fall into one of these two categories:
- You are looking to rent our Piper Cub.
- You are interested in or have recently purchased your own tailwheel style aircraft, and need to be proficient.
In both cases the program largely depends on the student because it re focuses on many basic aspects of flight and the applicable differences to the tailwheel configuration. It will partially feel like going back to your initial training again, but will accommodate you as the student. Grasping the initial concepts and maintaining good landing habits from your initial training can go a long way in accelerating the endorsement training.
We prefer to complete the training in our own aircraft, but in most cases we can accommodate you with instruction in your own aircraft but good safety practices and your specific insurance details apply.
Listed below is a general outline of the program content. We have educational materials at the school that go into greater detail regarding all of the topics below.
- Student Background: We like to know your general background in aviation in order to customize your training to maximize your budget.
- Ground School: Transition to a new style of landing gear as well as a new model of aircraft begins with a ground school session to cover all of the following, most of which can be taken from the Pilot’s Operating Handbook.”
- Fuel System
- Weight & Balance
- V Speeds
- Limitations of the aircraft
- Performance – Fuel consumption, engine operation parameters
- Emergency Procedures
- Torque sources & control
- Positioning of controls for taxiing
- Normal takeoffs & landings
- Wheel landings
- Crosswind takeoffs & landings
- Operation of any unusual or special equipment, such as cross wind gear, locking tailwheel, etc.
- Bounce Recovery
- Flight Program: Lessons are grouped into sections to complete. Each section consists at least one separate flight.
- Section One: Taxiing, demonstrating normal takeoffs, fly to the practice area and generally get to know the performances of the aircraft. We then begin to perform various maneuvers similar to your initial flight training.
- Section Two: Normal takeoffs and landings in the traffic pattern.
- Section Three: Crosswind takeoffs and landings.
- Section Four: Wheel landings.
- Section Five: Crosswind Operations.
It is important to note here that if you already have the endorsement and wish to rent our cub, we only need to check you out in the aircraft for insurance purposes.