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Tailwheel Academy


Tailwheel Pilot Training Program

"There’s a big difference between a pilot and an aviator. One is a technician; 
the other is an artist in love with flight.” — Elrey Jeppesen

 

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Tailwheel Academy


Tailwheel Pilot Training Program

"There’s a big difference between a pilot and an aviator. One is a technician; 
the other is an artist in love with flight.” — Elrey Jeppesen

 

SCHEDULE A LESSON

TacAero strives to create aviators, not just pilots.  We are a flight school specializing in tailwheel training; varying in scope from private pilot instruction, to advanced backcountry operations.  Our objective is to build an elite community of tailwheel aviators.  We are an experienced cadre of professional flight instructors, who always put our students first.  Our students hail from various backgrounds, and diverse experience levels; ranging from local high school kids, to retired airline pilots.

TacAero operates training facilities in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon, and in Prescott, Arizona.  Our curriculum is immersive and highly structured; demanding a high level of dedication and keen performance from both the student, and their instructor.  We take full advantage of our diverse training locations and programs to help our students achieve their ultimate goal of becoming an elite aviator.

 
Private Pilot Certificate

PRIVATE PILOT TAILWHEEL COURSE


This course is for students who want to reap the benefits of learning to fly in a tailwheel airplane.  During this course we teach the fundamentals of flight; including takeoffs, landings, basic aerial maneuvers, cross-country navigation, and how to handle emergencies. Upon graduation, our students receive their private pilot's licence with an airplane rating, in addition to their tailwheel endorsement.

 

KNOWLEDGE TRAINING

| Federal Aviation Regulations
| Aeronautical Navigation
| Radio Communication
| Aviation Weather
| Density Altitude Considerations

| Weight and Balance
| Aerodynamics
| Aircraft Systems
| Stall and Spin Awareness
| Aeronautical Decision Making

 

FLIGHT TRAINING

| Preflight Preparation
| Preflight and Postflight Procedures
| Airport Operations
| Takeoffs, Landings, and Go-Arounds
| Performance Maneuvers

| Ground Reference Maneuvers
| Navigation
| Slow Flight and Stalls
| Basic Instrument Maneuvers
| Emergency Operations
| Night Operations

AIRCRAFT

Cubcrafters            | Top cub

LOCATION

Hood River             | OR
Prescott                  | AZ

Regulations

FAR                        | 61

PREREQUISITES

Certifications          | Student Pilot

 

MINIMUM COMMITMENT

TIME
Dual                    |  20.0 Hours
Solo                     | 10.0 Hours
Ground                |  To Proficiency

PRICE
Top Cub               | $8,775

 
Tailwheel Endorsement

TAILWHEEL ENDORSEMENT COURSE


This course is for novice tailwheel pilots who need their endorsement. During this course we teach our students the fundamentals of tailwheel aviation; including three-point, wheel, and crosswind landings. This course culminates with students receiving their tailwheel endorsement, and taking their first step towards becoming a masterful tailwheel aviator.

 

KNOWLEDGE TRAINING

| Federal Aviation Regulations
| Aeronautical Navigation

| Environmental Considerations
| Tailwheel Accident Prevention Techniques

FLIGHT TRAINING

| Taxiing
| Normal Takeoffs
| Power-Off Approach and Landings

| Power Approach and Landings
| Preflight and Postflight Procedures
| Airport Operations

AIRCRAFT

Piper                    |  Cub
CubCrafters         |  Top Cub
CubCrafters         |  XCub

LOCATION

Hood River   | OR
Prescott        | AZ

Regulations

FAR              | 141

PREREQUISITES

Certifications       | ASEL Pilot

Minimum Commitment

TIME
Dual              |  8.0 Hours
Ground         |  6.0 Hours

PRICE
Cub               | $2,155
Top Cub        | $2,635
XCub             |  $3,195

 

 

 
Intermediate Tailwheel Course

INTERMEDIATE TAILWHEEL OPERATIONS COURSE


This is course is for endorsed tailwheel pilots who are looking to advance their skills to the next level. During this course we teach our students advanced techniques for executing “dead stick” landings in emergency situations. After successfully completing this course, our students are able to confidently and consistently land the aircraft precisely where they intend to; without assistance from the engine.

 

KNOWLEDGE TRAINING

| Intermediate Operating Procedures

| Aeronautical Decision Making

FLIGHT TRAINING

| Precision Landings to a Circle
| Slips to a Circle
| S-Turns to a Circle

| Small Field Work
| Emergencies on Takeoff
| Emergencies from the Traffic Circle

AIRCRAFT

Piper                   |  Cub
CubCrafters        |  Top Cub
CubCrafters        |  Carbon Cub FX
CubCrafters        |  XCub

LOCATION

Hood River         | OR
Prescott              | AZ

Regulations

FAR                     | 61

Minimum Commitment

TIME
Dual                    |  10.0 Hours
Ground               |  5.0 Hours

PRICE
Cub                     | $2,475
Top Cub              | $3,075
Carbon Cub        | $3,475
XCub                  | $3,775

PREREQUISITES

Certifications       |  ASEL Pilot
Endorsement      |  Tailwheel
Experience          |  50 Hours Tailwheel
Courses              |  Basic Tailwheel or Comprehensive CubCrafters

 

 

 

Advanced Tailwheel Course

ADVANCED TAILWHEEL OPERATIONS COURSE


This course is for experienced tailwheel aviators who are interested in becoming masters of their craft. During this course we teach our students advanced techniques for handling strong crosswinds, short and soft runways, and scouting unfamiliar fields. After graduating this course, our students are ready to begin their advanced education in the backcountry.

 

KNOWLEDGE TRAINING

| Advanced Tailwheel Operating Procedures

| Aeronautical Decision Making

FLIGHT TRAINING

| Advanced Emergencies
| Power-Off Wheel Landings
| Advanced Short-Field Techniques

| Advanced Soft-Field Techniques
| Advanced Crosswind Techniques
| Dragging Potential Landing Areas

AIRCRAFT

CubCrafters        |  Top Cub
CubCrafters        |  Carbon Cub FX
CubCrafters        |  XCub

LOCATION

Hood River        | OR
Prescott             | AZ

Regulations

FAR                  | 61

PREREQUISITES

Certifications      |  ASEL Pilot
Endorsement     |  Tailwheel
Experience         |  100 Hours Tailwheel
Courses             |  Intermediate Tailwheel 

Minimum Commitment

TIME
Dual                    |  10.0 Hours
Ground               |  5.0 Hours

PRICE
Top Cub              | $3,075
Carbon Cub        | $3,475
XCub                  | $3,775

 

 

 


 

 

 
Flight Simulator

FMX SIMULATOR


The Redbird FMX is the first flight simulator designed to meet the new challenges faced by modern flight training. With standard features that are anything but standard the FMX delivers unmatched training value for students and provides your training a range of advantages that are simply unavailable in other training devices. TacAero’s sim is full motion and includes a GPS link to mobile devices. The FAA has approved it as an Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD), allowing the pilot to log flight time for approved training courses. 

Pricing: $50.00/hour