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Tailwheel Endorsement

Tailwheel Transition

Zlin Savage Cub Light Sport Airplane Pilot training San Jose California flight school 

Are you already a pilot, but haven’t flown a tailwheel airplane? Improve your flying skill, especially your takeoffs and landings. Find out what taming the taildragger is all about!

Prerequisite: Sport or Private Pilot License. No FAA written test needed.

Medical: None for training, US Drivers License or Class I, II, or III to fly without instructor, depending on airplane. Light Sport Airplanes do not require a medical.

Time: 10 hrs dual minimum required by AeroDynamic Aviation

Cost: Approximately $2000-$2500 for 10 hours, $2500-3000 for 15 hours

Read Budd Davisson's EAA Sport Aviation article about Taming The Taildragger Pilot (for more about the EAA and Sport Aviation magazine click here)

Three Day Tailwheel Course Syllabus  

This course is designed to take a pilot completely new to taildraggers through to a tailwheel endorsement. The only prerequisites are a Pilot License. The course will give a pilot 15 hours of intensive flight training over three days leading to a tailwheel endorsement. If additional hours are needed or desired they will be charged at the regular rates. The training can be done in the following aircraft:

Taylorcraft L-2, 65hp (Sport Pilot eligible) $1900

Aeronca Champ, 85hp (Sport Pilot Eligible) $1975

Zlin Savage Cub, 100hp (Sport Pilot Eligible) $1975

Bellanca Citabria 7ECA, 115hp $2100

Bellanca Citabria 7KCAB, 150hp $2250

Prices and rates are subject to change without notice. All training and rentals are subject to the terms and conditions in the Renters' Agreement.

We will endeavor to match the student with the same instructor for the whole period, although sometimes that won't be possible. It is also possible to mix and match airplanes.

The course does not have to be done in three days, the training can be spread over a longer period. The same topics would be covered in a similar order.

Day 1

Ground Approx time 1:30

Flight Approx time 2:00 (or two flights with a short break)

Ground Lunch Approx time 1:00

Flight Approx time 1:30

Ground Approx time 1:00

Flight Approx time 1:30

Day 2

Ground Approx time 1:00

Flight Approx time 2:00

Ground Lunch Approx time 1:00

Flight Approx time 1:30

Ground Approx time 0:30

Flight Approx time 1:30

Day 3

Ground Approx time 1:00

Flight Approx time 2:00

Ground Lunch Approx time 1:00

Flight Approx time 1:30

Ground Approx time 0:30

Flight Approx time 1:30

Points to be emphasized during instruction

Come and fly with us in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area of California. Our flight school facilities are located at Reid Hillview airport in San Jose (KRHV), at the south end of San Francisco Bay, and Salinas Municipal Airport in Salinas, a few miles east of Monterey. We offer ground and flight training for sport pilot, private pilot, commercial pilot, instrument rating, CFI (certified flight instructor), tailwheel, acrobatics, and multi engine certificates and ratings.

Prices and rates are subject to change without notice. All training and rentals are subject to the terms and conditions in the Renters' Agreement.

Minimum 24 hrs cancellation notice required or you may be charged for the missed rental and instructor time.