Taming the taildragger. Compleat Taildragger figures to show how taildraggers and trikes differ with respect to their center of gravity, tendency to swap ends. Written by a CFI with 38 years of taildragger flying experience, The Compleat Taildragger Pilot can save you time and money on a taildragger checkout. Buy The Compleat Taildragger Pilot by Harvey S. Plourde (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible.

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The Compleat Taildragger Pilot book

It’s a “homebuilt”–published by the author’s widow, peppered with typographical errors Cessna’s as the plural of Cessna, it’s as a possessive and illustrated with simple but useful stick figures to show complet taildraggers and trikes differ with respect to their center of gravity, tendency to swap ends, and sensitivity to crosswinds. Open Preview See a Problem? Olena rated it it was amazing Aug 04, Another chapter is aimed at the poor flight instructor trying to figure out how to teach taildragger operations to the hapless tricycle-gear pilot.

Techniques that will help make you a skilled taildragger pilot. Yet, there are many taildraggers left in the world, and their low prices make them attractive to people who are looking for an economical way to own their own plane. Astonishingly, Plourde’s suggested minimum amounts to I still need lots more practice, but at least now cimpleat I botch it, I know why.


Dylan Arttus rated it really liked it Jul 22, The book is illustrated throughout with clear, though basic, diagrams complementing the text. Later chapters cover ground operations, takeoffs, landings, crosswinds, planning a transition program, and so forth.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. In a less theoretical vein, the discussion of crosswind landings is something that the experienced pilot can benefit from reviewing from time to time.

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If your favorite pilot shop doesn’t have it, you can order it directly from the author. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. For instance, I’m working on wheel landings right now. Do you have a question or opinion?

The Compleat Taildragger Pilot by Harvey S. Plourde

Is Complete actually misspelled on the cover? Cliff rated it liked it Nov 10, George Polos rated it it was amazing Nov 29, Barth marked it as to-read Aug 07, Well written old almost lost information about bygone era.

Includes new material on: Wells Hamilton rated taildfagger liked it Apr 10, Customers who bought this also considered: This book was written in the 90s, and looks 30 years old, but the content is still very relevant and useful. It is more complete than the other taildragger books I’ve seen, and much clearer.


Walt Lifsey marked it as to-read Mar 19, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Roger Ritter Days End Rd. He worked in the aerospace industry for 30 years, meanwhile flying with the New Hampshire Civil Air Patrol as its chief check pilot. Yet my instructor not the one who recommended the book got me ready for my first takeoff by compleqt me charge down a private grass strip with the Cub’s tail in the air.

Full of great, relevant I formation. Be the first to ask a question about The Compleat Taildragger Pilot. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Post it taildragged the message board: Part of the basic library for any pilot who flies or hopes to fly a taildragger.

The Compleat Taildragger Pilot is a bit pricey, but not too far out of line as books go nowadays.

Techniques that will help make you a skilled taildragger pilot. I think it’ll be a helpful head start on getting a tailwheel rating. Want to Read saving….

In a tripod world, this book is a great “prequel. A great book of glorious insights on the physics and difficulties on flying a taildragger.