Taming the taildragger. Compleat Taildragger figures to show how taildraggers and trikes differ with respect to their center of gravity, tendency to swap ends. Written by a CFI with 38 years of taildragger flying experience, The Compleat Taildragger Pilot can save you time and money on a taildragger checkout. Buy The Compleat Taildragger Pilot by Harvey S. Plourde (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible.
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It is more complete than the other taildragger books I’ve seen, and much clearer. Jason rated it it was amazing Dec 27, Aug 10, AJ rated it it was amazing Shelves: Includes new material on: I highly recommend this book to any aspiring taildragger pilots. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
Patrick Irvin rated it really liked it Aug 25, In a less theoretical vein, the discussion of crosswind landings is something that the experienced pilot can benefit from reviewing from time to time.
Loved seeing the formulas to understand the “why” behind it all. Aug 25, Aidan Garcia Sadler rated it it was amazing. I am less sure of the second.
The Compleat Taildragger Pilot
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Arturo added it Jun 27, George Polos rated it it was amazing Nov 29, Walt Lifsey marked it as to-read Mar 19, Holmes marked it as to-read Jul 10, Donald Bruce rated it it was amazing Dec 23, Sign up for our newsletter and stay updated on special offers. E rated it liked it Mar 26, This book covered the subject in its entirety, helped me transition from a complwat wheel to a confident tail wheel pilot. No doubt Brian was confident that he could head off an inadverent takeoff or prevent me from putting the Cub on its nose.
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The Compleat Taildragger Pilot by Harvey S. Plourde
This book explains why taildraggers are different, and how to stay ahead of the tricky little devils. Shawn added it Oct 25, The taildragger’s tricky reputation, and the FARs, make a good checkout mandatory if you have no taildragger time.
It’s a “homebuilt”–published by the author’s widow, peppered with typographical errors Cessna’s as the plural of Cessna, it’s as a possessive and illustrated with simple but useful stick figures to show how taildraggers and trikes differ with respect to their center of gravity, tendency to swap ends, and sensitivity to crosswinds. No trivia or quizzes yet.
He worked in the aerospace industry for 30 years, meanwhile flying with the New Hampshire Civil Air Patrol as its chief check pilot. Dave Croson rated it really liked it Jan 11, John marked it as to-read Jul 15, Barth marked it as to-read Aug 07, Another chapter is aimed at the poor flight instructor trying to figure out how to teach taildragger operations to the hapless tricycle-gear pilot.
In a tripod world, this book is a great “prequel. I still need lots more practice, but at least now when I botch it, I know why. Cliff rated it liked it Nov 10, To ask other readers questions about The Compleat Taildragger Pilotplease sign up.
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If your favorite pilot shop doesn’t have it, you can order it directly from the author. Is Complete actually misspelled on the cover?