Yellow Piper J-3 Cub (N6673H) parked outside hangar at Poplar Grove Airport (C77) on sunny day

Stick and Rudder: What you learn from getting a tailwheel endorsement

Finding a CFI

CFI Lana Tollas hand propping Piper J-3 Cub (N6673H) at Poplar Grove Airport (C77)
Lana hand propping

Lesson #1: V-speeds? No, no V-speeds.

Yellow Piper J-3 Cub (N6673H) nose close-up parked outside hangar at Poplar Grove Airport (C77)
65 horses — more than enough to keep you happy
Yellow Piper J-3 Cub (N6673H) instrument panel
The Cub panel — not much to look at.
Yellow Piper J-3 Cub (N6673H) parked outside hangar at Poplar Grove Airport (C77) on overcast morning
Only the “bear” necessities …

What’s in a tailwheel endorsement?

  • Normal and crosswind takeoffs and landings;
  • Wheel landings (unless the manufacturer has recommended against such landings); and
  • Go-around procedures
  • Steep spirals
  • Side slips, forward slips
  • Power-off 180s
  • Short-field takeoffs and landings, soft-field takeoffs and landings
  • S-turns while taxiing
Silver Cessna 140 (N3527V) parked outside hangar at Poplar Grove Airport (C77) on sunny day
Cessna 140, Poplar Grove’s other trainer once you’ve graduated from the Cub.

Flying Low and Slow

Silver Luscombe 8A (N1318K) owned by Jim Pratt parked outside fueling station at Poplar Grove Airport (C77) on clear day
Silver Luscombe 8A with wind generator mounted on belly at Poplar Grove
Jim Pratt posing next to his Silver Luscombe 8A (N1318K) outside fueling station at Poplar Grove Airport (C77) on clear day
Jim Pratt with his silver Luscombe 8A
Piper J-3 Cub (N6673H) cockpit with CFI Lana Tollas scanning for traffic on base leg while on downwind leg of traffic pattern
Lana scanning for traffic.

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Kyle Ramirez

Kyle Ramirez

Engineer at The Mom Project, pilot on airplane mode, former US Marine PAO, love building, storytelling and things that go fast