Tailwheel Endorsement Requirements
PRIVATE / COMMERCIAL
YEARS OF AGE
CFI HOURLY RATE
AIRCRAFT HOURLY RATE
TIME FRAME ESTIMATE
What Will I Learn?
Learn to Safely Operate a Tailwheel Aircraft
Learn to Taxi a Tailwheel Aircract
Take-off and Land a Tailwheel Aircraft
Ground Loop Discussion
Review of Tailwheel-type Landing Gear
Learn Normal and Crosswind Takeoffs and Landings
Learn to Perform Three Point Landings
Grass Landings (seasonal)
Your instructor will cover the fundamental knowledge required to safely operate a complex aircraft equipped with retractable landing gear, a constant speed propeller, and flaps. After this ground training, you will understand the theory and operation of complex aircraft systems.
Your training will focus on taxiing, takeoffs, and landings. There are several grass landing strips in the surrounding area that are great for tailwheel training. You will perform these multiple landings in VFA’s Bellanca Citabria 7KCAB.
Once your instructor is satisfied with your knowledge, decision making, and flying skills, you will given a tailwheel endorsement.
How long will it take to earn my tailwheel endorsement?
The amount of training required to obtain the endorsement can vary greatly from person to person. Generally most people get their endorsement after 7 to 10 hours of training.
What can I do once I have my tailwheel endorsement?
With a tailwheel endorsement, you are qualified to fly airplanes that have conventional landing gear, versus tricycle type gear.
Once I get my tailwheel endorsement, what do I have to do to keep it current?
There is no expiration date or currency requirement associated with a tailwheel endorsement. However, in order to fly passengers, you must have made at least 3 takeoff and landings, to a full stop within the preceding 90 days.
What will my tailwheel training involve?
Your training will focus on taxiing, takeoffs, and landings. There are several grass landing strips in the surrounding area that are great for tailwheel training.
What type of aircraft will I be flying for my tailwheel endorsement?
Vermont Flight Academy uses a Bellanca Citabria 7KCAB for all tailwheel training.
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