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

The book is illustrated throughout with clear, though basic, diagrams complementing the text. The taildragger’s tricky reputation, and the FARs, make a good checkout mandatory if you have no taildragger time. Of course he was 23, just out of the Marines, with very sharp reflexes. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

John marked it as to-read Jul 15, Last but not least are appendices analysing in detail propellor P-factor, and crabbed crosswind landings. This book was written in the 90s, and looks 30 years old, but the content is still very relevant and useful.


Patrick marked it as to-read Dec 16, One entire chapter is devoted to the quirks of crosswind landing gear systems. In Britain, compleat is archaic, used in writing only as a bit of whimsy, and at that rather rarely.

For instance, I’m working on wheel landings right now.

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Dave Croson rated it really liked it Jan 11, Aug 10, AJ rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jlitt rated it it was amazing Jul 22, BookDB marked it as to-read Sep 24, The book starts with advice on choosing a taildragger instructor, and follows up with basic theory explaining why taildraggers are different.

This book covered the subject in its entirety, helped me transition from a front wheel to a confident tail wheel pilot. Very clear writing and explanations.

I highly recommend this book to any aspiring taildragger pilots. Just a moment while we comp,eat you in to your Goodreads account. It is more common in North America, though often equally whimsical. Wells Hamilton rated it liked it Apr 10, Commpleat your favorite pilot shop doesn’t have it, you can order it directly from the author.

For example, Plourde is dead set against high-speed taxis, which he regards as dangerous in the extreme. A Must for Taildragger Wannabes.


Techniques that will help make you a skilled taildragger pilot. Walt Lifsey marked it as to-read Mar 19, Full of great, relevant I formation. Sign up for our newsletter and stay updated on special offers. Tzildragger added it Feb 02, Harvey Plourde learned to fly in an Aeronca Champ in If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you.

The Compleat Taildragger Pilot Overview: The Oxford English Dictionary says that compleat is just an archaic spelling of complete.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Marlon marked it as to-read Apr 26, Includes new material on: This man knows the ins and outs of this world and will give you all the needed tips and tricks!

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