Your Mission Brief
Learn to fly tailwheel aircraft! If you are a pilot and want to learn how to fly a whole new type of airplane, enroll in our 2 or 3 day tailwheel endorsement course.
There is just something intangible about flying taildragger aircraft that defies explanation. For some, it is the mystique that harkens back to the golden age of aviation, for others, it is a gateway into the wonderful world of aerobatics. Whatever your reason, SCA will be happy to assist you in getting your tailwheel endorsement. We do all of our taildragger endorsement training in our 8KCAB Super Decathlon (Las Vegas) or our Citabria (San Diego).
What are the requirements for a tailwheel endorsement?
You don’t need a tailwheel endorsement if you’ve already logged pilot-in-command (PIC) time in a tailwheel airplane prior to April 15, 1991. Otherwise, you must now receive a one-time logbook endorsement to act as PIC in a tailwheel airplane. Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) section 61.31(i) elaborates:
The flight training must include at least the following maneuvers and procedures:
(i) Normal and crosswind takeoffs and landings;
(ii) Wheel landings (unless the manufacturer has recommended against such landings); and
(iii) Go-around procedures.”
The courses we offer are designed to take someone who has no experience with a taildragger aircraft and train them to a level of proficiency that will allow them to handle a conventional aircraft in a variety of wind conditions on different types of landing surfaces.
How long will that really take?
Pilots want their flight training boiled down to number of hours. After all, hours translate into dollars. But when transitioning to tailwheel flying, the number of landings is actually a better yardstick for measuring one’s “tailwheel readiness.” Most pilots are competent to solo somewhere between 30 and 40 landings on paved runways. This usually translates into around 5 hours of dual, most of which is spent in the traffic pattern. If you need additional training beyond the 5 hours that are included, you will be billed at an hourly rate of $283 per hobbs hour or $225 per hobbs hour in the Citabria, which includes aircraft rental, fuel and instructor.
Our course is much more than just a tailwheel checkout. As part of our training package, you will receive 5 hours of dual instruction with a certified flight instructor, plus 1 hour of advanced ground instruction from one of our highly experienced tailwheel instructors. You also will receive with your tailwheel endorsement, an exclusive Sky Combat Ace study guide that includes your syllabus, a copy of all academic presentations, as well as various study aids that you will be able to refer to any time you need an academic review.
Tailwheel Endorsement (Fly)
$1995 Per PersonBook Tailwheel Endorsement Now
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- 2 or 3 Day Course
- Complimentary Transportation (Las Vegas)
- Super Decathlon 8KCAB or Citabria
- Tailwheel Ground School
- SCA Study Guide
- Up to 5 Hours of Flight Time
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This was the most amazing experience I’ve ever had. Having the ability to control an airplane, let alone do aileron rolls, barrel rolls, loops, etc. all under my control was the best. Granted Thumper had my back. Thanks again, guys.. That was truly crazy fun!!!!View more on Tripadvisor
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“Once in a lifetime experience”
This was the best experience I have ever had in a plane! From beginning to end the staff is fantastic and the ride is the most fun a person can have with their clothes on!!! I say any adventurous person that wants life memories should do this!!! Thanks SCA!!View more on Tripadvisor
The staff and pilots are real professional, informative and give you everything you pay for. My friend and I went with the Top Gun package and we got the flight of our life!! Our pilots Diesel and Tex were awesome and gave us an experience in a plane that we will never forget. And thanks to the photographer and video guys we can show it off to our friends and family. Thank you Sky Combat Ace for an adrenaline rush that tops it all!!View more on Tripadvisor
This was an amazing experience. I can’t say enough good things about this fantastic trip. I booked the “Afterburner” for my husband on his 40th birthday. My husband, his cousin, and I, all went at the same time. They flew us side by side and we could watch each other take turns through the crazy maneuvers. The pilots were friendly, professional, experienced and really put me at ease.View more on Tripadvisor
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“BEST. DECISION. EVER.”
Best experience in Vegas and definitely one of the best experiences of my life. I flew with Diesel, who is a real crazy man in the air. Awesome time, awesome people, and awesome memories.View more on Tripadvisor