Maybe this should be titled the rest of the best taildraggers … that I’ve flown. Or not. How ’bout, “Son of the Best Taildraggers.”
Gentle Reader. On Tuesday, 30May22, Laurel and I leave for our first holiday since the tRump pandemic began. I have approximately 123,456 things to do between now, noon, 27May, and our departure. I swear I’ll finish this when we return, late on 6Jun.
Here’s the list from last month’s blog: 4 different models of Citabrias, 3 Decathlons, Champ, 2 Piper Cubs, 2 Super Cubs and a PA-12, an Aviat Husky, a Kit Fox, a Glasstar a couple of RV’s, a Great Lakes, a Cessna 170 and one 180, one Stearman, an SNJ-4, and three Travel Air TA-4000’s.
A count of hours, most to least, combining all the different Citabrias we have:
Travel Air = 939; Citabrias = 746; Super Cub = 562; Decathlon = 457; Champ = 312;
Stearman = 152; Husky = 106; J-3 = 38; Glasstar = 4; C-170 = 3; RV-4 = 3;
PA-12 = 3; C-180 = 2; Great Lakes = 2; Kitfox = 1; AgCat = 1; SNJ-4 = 1.
I covered three of these in last months blog. Here’s the rest – although I’ll probably lump the airplanes I’ve only flown once for an hour together.
I’m probably most comfortable in Citabrias, just because a chunk of my hours (21%) were spent in them. I learned in a 7ECA, Randy Lake’s flying club Citabria. And, after lotsa begging and a couple of check outs, he let me instruct in it. In retrospect, I was lucky that Randy allowed me to instruct in his airplane – because I knew virtually nothing about tailwheel flying.
The guy who wrote the definitive tailwheel text, Harvey Plourde, suggested that no instructor should be allowed to teach in a taildragger unless he, or she, had a minimum of 200 hours … I had 50. Jaysus. He also suggested that a student needed a minimum of 10 hours of instruction.