Complete Taildragger Course Outline:

  We use our 8KCAB Super Decathlon for our basic tailwheel training. 

FLIGHT # 1: (approximately 1 hour)

1.  Climbing Dutch Rolls

2.  Slow flight and turns

3.  Critical attitude recoveries: Stalls (Power on and Gliding)

4.  Deep (oscillation / rudder) Stalls

5.  Introduce 1-turn spin

6.  Practice takeoffs and landings

7.  180 degree gliding approach to land

 

FLIGHT # 2: (approximately 1 hour)

1.  Climbing Dutch Rolls

2.  Review stall entry and recognition (Incipient and full)

3.  One-Turn spin left and right

4.  Spin orientation

5.  Practice takeoffs and landings

6.  Simulated off-airport emergency landing

 

FLIGHT # 3: (approximately 1 hour)

1.  Full aileron dutch rolls

2.  Skidded turns

3.  Incipient spin entries - accelerated spin recoveries

    a.  Skidding turns ("under-the-botton")

    b.  Slipping turns ("over-the-top")

4.  Spin dynamics (Effects of power, aileron, rudder and elevator in a spin).

5.  Slips left and right

6.  Practice takeoffs and landings

7.  180 degree gliding approach to land

 

FLIGHT # 4: (approximately 1 hour)

1.  Aerobatic style turns

2.  Wing overs

3.  Slipping turns left and right

4.  Slipping stalls

5.  Spirals and spiral recoveries

6.  Review accelerated stalls

    a. "Under-the-bottom" (skid) stalls

    b. "Over-the-top" (slip) stalls.

7.  Practice takeoffs and landings

8.  180 degree gliding approach to land

 

FLIGHT # 5: (approximately 1 hour)

1.  Turning dutch rolls

2.  Review spins

3.  Simulated control loss practice

    a.  Gliding flight

    b.  Effects of airspeed, flaps, wind. CG and weight on the glide

    c.  Full / Partial power failures

    d.  Aileron, rudder, elevator, trim control failures


    e.  Emergency decision making:

        1.  Emergency descent

        2.  Off airport landing

4.  Review unusual attitudes - over banked recoveries

5.  Slips to landing

6.  Practice takeoffs and landings

 

FLIGHT # 6: (approximately 1 hour)

1.  Review dutch rolls and spins

2.  Review stalls

3.  Slips to landing

4.  Practice takeoffs and landings

5.  180 degree gliding approach to land

 

FLIGHT # 7: (approximately 1 hour)

1.  Practice takeoffs and landings

2.  180 degree gliding approach to land

 

FLIGHT # 8: (approximately 1 hour)

1.  Practice takeoffs and landings

2.  Slips to land

3.  Go-Around from a slip to land

4.  Wheel landings

 

FLIGHT # 9: (approximately 1 hour)

1.  Cross Wind Takeoff and landing

2.  Wheel landings

3.  Slips to land

4.  Short / Soft field takeoff and landing

 

FLIGHT # 10: (approximately 1 hour)

1.  Practice takeoffs and landings

2.  180 degree gliding approach to land

 

INCLUDED:

  - Spin Endorsement (CFI applicants only)

  - Tailwheel endorsement (additional training may be required)

  - FAA Wings (issued to qualifying pilots) and a flight review

 

PREREQUISITES: None