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#218 More Traditions

 

Written in July, 2018

 

 

In a recent article in the Tailwheeler’s journal, I described with my tongue just a little bit in my cheek, how I’d established a new tradition, that of a CFI peeing on the windsock pole when a student solos. Well, it may be that sometimes I […]

#217 The Tailwheel Drag

“Like the Dutch Touch, The Tailwheel Drag is incredibly difficult. But mastery of it will create a pilot who is truly the master of the plane. And isn’t that what we’d all like to be?” […]

#216 The Dutch Touch

“If I DO suggest that you try it, it’s because I think you’re a pretty damned good stick. There! I just insulted well over half of my students. Oh, well, I was gonna quit teaching anyway!” […]

#215 Lurking

What comes to your mind when you think of the word, “Lurking”? Probably a burglar, lurking in the shadows, or someone generally up to no good. Skydivers use the term to describe a freefall relative worker, hanging outside a formation, ready to swoop in and close. From time to time, I’ve had a reason to […]

#214 Angela and the Flat Turn

 

First a giggle, then a guffaw emanated from the front seat of the PA12 as Angela did the maneuver for the first time. She followed it with the same maneuver in the opposite direction with the same result… gales of laughter and delight at what the little Cub could do. What was the maneuver […]

#213 “Flap Usage

“If this were a forum the comments column would go for twenty or thirty pages and grow steadily! The “Cheeto-eating Trolls” would be pounding their keyboards like crazy, with beads of sweat pouring off their brows as quickly as the insults flow from their computers. ” […]

#212 The Power of Practice

“Interestingly enough, I find that the maneuver I practice the least is the landing in a turn followed by slaloms”. […]

#211 An Old Rule

” Isn’t that interesting? Those concerned with safety, have no knowledge of safe operations!” […]

#210 What’s in a Name?

“For example, I realized that pilots had, for years, been using a rather goofy knot to tie their airplanes down. ” […]

#209 One of a Kind

“He chose to put the J-3 Cub up on one wheel and run the length of the runway like that. I’d never seen that before. Then I wondered why everyone couldn’t do that. That was the question.” […]