First off, check out the location of the pilots in this picture! Tailwheel aircraft are built to land on any strip. Once you have your tailwheel endorsement, you too can visit these off-field locations.The high wing, tailwheel configuration was originally designed for landing on country roads with barbed wire fences on either side, back before airports became common place. Tailwheel is the original design for aircraft and mastering the tail-dragger will improve your work with the rudder and get you in touch with grass roots aviation. Landing a tailwheel is a bit more difficult than landing a nose wheel and training may take between 10 to 15 hours, give or take. For this reason, budget about $2,000 for proficiency training.
Part 61 Flight School
If you haven't flown in over 5, 10, 20 years or more, that's alright. All you need is a current medical and a BFR. Our instructors will sit down with you and get you caught up on all of the new rules and regulations. They will fly with you until you again feel confident and in control of the aircraft.The FAA requires that all pilots must have a Flight Review conducted each 24 calendar months after their last Flight Review or license/certificate was received. A Flight Review consists of meeting with a Certified Flight Instructor and receiving, at minimum, one hour of ground instruction and one hour of flight instruction covering the relative current general operating and flight rules of part 91 and reviewing those maneuvers and procedures that, at the discretion of the CFI, are necessary for the pilot to demonstrate safely in order to exercise the privileges of the pilot certificate. A logbook endorsement is required as proof of the completion of the BFR. Because of the range of time each individual spends on their personal BFR, there is no ballpark estimate for a Bi-Annual Flight review besides the very minimum cost of $240.
With our Citabria 7KCAB, Mike Duncan will teach you the basics in aerobatics. We will teach you to perform the four basic aerobatic maneuvers that all others stem from: the Roll, the Loop, the Hammerhead turn, and the Spin. You will learn the outermost limits of the airplane's maneuverability. You will gain a stronger grasp on handling an airplane and gain confidence in your abilities as well as the airplane's abilities. Even if you are not interested in becoming a trick pilot, this course is beneficial to all pilots in building confidence and understanding. For budgeting purposes only, set aside $1,300 for proficiency training.
Auburn Municipal Airport is located at the base of the foothills and is known as the "Gateway to the Sierras." Its convenient location gives us easy access to mountain airports such as Truckee, Blue Canyon, and South Lake Tahoe. Our mountain flying training will familiarize you with mountain weather and rising thermals. You will encounter density altitude, non-simulated short-field and soft-field landings, and mountain emergency procedures including survival equipment. This course teaches you up to proficiency. There is no minimum required hours needed. For budgeting purposes only, expect to set aside $1,500 for training.