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The Compleat Taildragger Pilot Paperback – Nov 1991

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Muguette B Plourde (Nov. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963913700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963913708
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 19.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 864,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Now converting onto a tail dragger. This explains the science in a straight forward readable and understandable way. This give a grounding so the ground school can be shortened so you can spend more time in the air. Stick and rudder is the other book I bought, very very wordy, easy to read but you have to wade through it to get to the tail dragging bit. If you're looking for a tail dragger book this is the one to buy. It also makes you realise how badly you fly a tricycle. Read the other comments on
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
A first-class guide to flying "conventional" a/c 13 Aug. 2000
By fastreader - Published on
Format: Paperback
I learned to fly in a Piper Cub, and my instructor suggested this book. It's a homespun gem, with lots of simple line drawings and advice to keep you and your plane from "heading for the bushes." Yes! It's tough to tame the taildragger. (On my first takeoff, from a private field, I went off into the high grass beside the mowed runway and came home with hay festooned from the flying wires. Not too subtle!) With special attention to the quirks of various taildraggers and the most complete discussion of "P-factor" you're ever likely to find. Highly recommended for the student pilot who finds himself in a taildragger, or to any licensed pilot who wants to complete his education by transitioning to a "conventional" landing-gear craft.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
The Compleat Taildragger Pilot 17 Jan. 2000
By Doug Barr - Published on
Format: Paperback
Although the book is not long in length, it covers the basics as well as a chapter on "crosswind gear" and some words on specific model idiocyncrasies.
The book is written for a pilot who has a private pilot license in a nosewheel airplane. It has a typical syllabus for learning and covers basic three point landings, wheel landings and crosswind techniques. It also has a chapter on tailwheel center of gravity, moments and dynamics (for the nontechnical).
I am in the process of transitioning to a tailwheel and I found it helpful. My instructor thinks it is the best book out there.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding 8 Dec. 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is a classic in it's field. The subject of handling and flying taildragger aircraft is very much neglected mainly because these aircraft are very much in the minority these days in favour of conventional tricycle gear aircraft. I certainly believe that reading the book is equivalent to several hours of practical instruction (although by no means a substitute for it) and even conventional nose-wheel pilots will benefit by understanding the principles of handling these aircraft and applying them to nosewheel types. The book is very readable and contains a wealth of very useful information. Harvey Plourde, in addition to being a very experienced pilot has created a text that conveys that experience and knowledge easily to the reader on this very interesting and much neglected subject.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This book is very thorough and easy to understand. 20 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Excellent! Would recommend to anyone that wants to learn how to fly a taildragger. I showed the book to my friend who has 16,000 total hours and over 8,000 taildragger hours. He was impressed with the ease that the concepts were presented. It made sence and it is not your basic taildragger book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Veyr Clear and well presented 8 April 2004
By Qadeer Sattar - Published on
Format: Paperback
I highly recommend this book to anyone thinking about getting checked out in a tailwheel. No book is gonna replace the practical of flying, but this will satisfy anyone interested in taildraggers or the purchase of one and to even help make an educated descision on buying one of tailwheel kits out there.
The chapter in the Appendix on p-factor alone was worth the price of the book. Everyone accepts this effect from studying and flying for private training, but this finally explains the 'why' and can be applied simply to any model of single engine airplane at that !
Great job Mr. Plourde !
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