Tailwheel Endorsement Training
The Tailwheel Undercarriage endorsement opens up a whole new world of aviation as many vintage and utility aircraft are fitted with a tailwheel (or conventional undercarriage as it is also called). Our initial tailwheel training is carried out in the Piper PA18 Super Cub fitted with tundra tyres. The Cub is the perfect training aircraft, providing docile handling to allow a student to come to grips with the differences between tricycle and tailwheel undercarriage.
We also offer advanced tailwheel training in the DeHavilland Beaver, DeHavilland DH82 Tiger Moth biplane and Cessna 185. It is a requirement for Beaver, Tiger Moth or 185 training to already hold a tailwheel endorsement, which if you don’t have we can provide in the Cub.
Then, if you want to learn additional tailwheel skills, as add-on training for any of our fleet we can provide “bush flying” courses, allowing pilots the chance to experience “off-airport” type flying. We can tailor the course to what the student wants to achieve (or just for fun!) and can land in a selection of the bush strips we have access to which range from long dirt or gravel strips, through to short, one-way hillside runways.
We provide all training material required as part of our course, and our instructors are able to issue the TWU (Tailwheel Undercarriage Endorsement) and complete all relevant CASA paperwork for the issue of the endorsement.
By request we can also conduct DH82 Tiger Moth training / famil flights in our joyflight biplane. This is an excellent nostalgia experience for any keen aviator, to be able to experience the sheer joy of flying a stick and rudder, open cockpit aircraft. Taking aviation back to its roots and the golden age of flying, you’ll be given briefings on the unique aspects of operating this 1940 aircraft, from starting the engine under supervision, through to after landing care. Our pilots have a combined thousands of hours on type and can give an insight into operating a Tiger Moth commercially.
We can also provide instructor-only hire to train in your own aircraft.