TAILWHEEL TYPE RATING COURSE
Tailwheel airplanes are often referred to as conventional gear airplanes. Due to their design and structure, tailwheel airplanes exhibit operational and handling characteristics that are different from those of tricycle gear airplanes. Tailwheel airplanes are not necessarily more difficult to takeoff, land, and/or taxi than tricycle gear airplanes; in fact under certain conditions, they may even handle with less difficulty.
The course objective is to gain the necessary aeronautical skill, knowledge and experience to fly single engine tail wheel equipped aircraft such as, but not limited to, the J3 Cub, Super Cub, Husky, C180, C185
It is assumed that candidates have the level of knowledge and skill required for the private pilots license or higher, prior to commencing training for this rating. The student must be able to read, speak, and understand the English language and possess at least a Private Pilot certificate with an Airplane category and Single Engine Land class rating. Students wishing to obtain the type rating with IFR privileges must have completed the Instrument Rating course or hold / have recently held an instrument rating in the appropriate class and category. No specific additional IFR training is required for a rating with IFR privileges.
The course assumes that student is proficient in all flight and knowledge areas pertaining to the PPL and where applicable Instrument Flight. This may require the student to revise knowledge areas and complete recurrent training prior to commencement of the course.
Where the type of aircraft to be flown has a variable pitch and/or fuel injected engine these briefings should be conducted prior to the start of this course, if required, but the airborne training for these characteristics may be conducted simultaneously with the training for a tail wheel rating.