Conventional Gear

More and more pilots are re-discovering the joy of flying a conventional gear airplane as they want to get into (and out of) un-improved strips. Plus, most of the “cool” airplanes have the third wheel in the back anyway…

If you’ve recently completed your license or permit, and are now thinking about purchasing a “taildragger”, or even if you plan to have us do all your training on your new tailwheel airplane, we have the instructors who can get you going.

Flying a taildragger can be a rewarding experience as it is something that isn’t taught all that often. Conventional gear aircraft are no more difficult to fly, they’re just different. The danger can come when someone unfamiliar with the nuances of flying this configuration isn’t fully prepared for what to expect in less than ideal situations.

In Canada (unlike the United States), there is no requirement set out by Transport Canada in regards to conventional gear aircraft, however the requirements set out south of the border are a great guideline, and we stick to those primarily. Any other requirement will be set forth by your insurance company, they may mandate more than the minimum hours below on type if they feel your overall experience level is not sufficient enough.

If you’re converting over after obtaining a licence or permit, expect a minimum of  5 hours of dual instruction in the circuit.