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Old 09-13-2017, 05:29 AM
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Default The Complete Taildragger Pilot

This book was recommended by a flight instructor.
Have any of you read it, or own this book?

Is it worth buying?
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Old 09-13-2017, 06:01 AM
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I bought this and other books, also read a bunch of articles on the web about the physics of taildraggers (torque effects on takeoff, ground loops etc.), landing techniques, cross wind landings etc. All were good reads and interesting however at the end of the day about 10 hours of tailwheel instruction with a very good instructor in a Pacer was the best money I spent.
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Old 09-13-2017, 06:56 AM
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Even though it was written in a different era, it is still hard to beat "Stick and Rudder" for explaining the physics of landing a tail dragger.
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Old 09-13-2017, 07:03 AM
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Default Both Books

I own both books - and both are good. I think the "Complete" book could have used some better editing. Either one will give you a good foundation on how things work and what to expect. But I agree with Dave - the instructor time is where you really learn it!
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Old 09-13-2017, 07:35 AM
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I own both books - and both are good. I think the "Complete" book could have used some better editing. Either one will give you a good foundation on how things work and what to expect. But I agree with Dave - the instructor time is where you really learn it!
Spoke with the instructor yesterday. He suggested reading this book before we go fly. I have a little over 100 hours tailwheel time, but that was in 1984 (DC-3).

And flying the '3 is nothing like flying an RV, or anything similar in size. Plus it was so looooong ago!
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Old 09-13-2017, 08:06 AM
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Default Try this article by Budd Davisson

http://chestertailwheel.com/faqs/tam...dragger-pilot/
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Old 09-13-2017, 08:55 AM
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Great read! Thanks for posting!
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Old 09-13-2017, 09:19 AM
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Bud Davisson is very good on the subject. His forum talks at OSH are great. He holds your attention on any subject related to flying.

I like Stick and Rudder too. Despite its age, it has a lot to say about safe flying, tail wheel and otherwise.

The safety record of tail wheel flying had everyones attention at the time, it was not good coming out of WWII and was the motivating factor in switch to trikes for primary training after the war.
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Old 09-13-2017, 08:35 PM
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Default "The Compleat Taildragger Pilot"

I have it and recommend it:

"The Compleat Taildragger Pilot"

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Old 09-13-2017, 11:22 PM
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Good book, and very prescient. I was ready for issues on landing with a tail-dragger, but never considered takeoff. On my first instructional flight, I aggressively lifted the tail and ... then fought the plane as I zig-zag'ed down the runway, fighting to keep the plane on centerline. Predicted by the book, but not expected based on my nose dragger training.

Also, the "jounce" ... go around time!

I found the book very useful coming from (recovering from) a nose dragger experience base.

(I looked it up ... "compleat" is actually a word ;-)
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