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

Marlon marked it as to-read Apr 26, Marilyn added it May 31, Scott Humphries rated it it was amazing Sep 15, Sasya Fox rated it it was amazing Feb 07, Another chapter is aimed at the poor flight instructor trying to figure out how to teach taildragger operations to the hapless tricycle-gear pilot.

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 how taildraggers and tailldragger differ with respect to their center of gravity, tendency to swap ends, and sensitivity to crosswinds.

But, is it worthwhile? Later chapters cover ground taipdragger, takeoffs, landings, crosswinds, planning a transition program, and so forth. Be the first to ask a question about The Compleat Taildragger Pilot. For example, Plourde is dead set against high-speed taxis, which he regards as dangerous in the extreme.


Part of the basic library for any pilot who flies or hopes to fly a taildragger. Post it on taildragged message board: Holmes marked it as to-read Jul 10, In Britain, compleat is archaic, used in taildrqgger only as a bit of whimsy, and at that rather rarely. In plain english,nice read. Walt Lifsey marked it as to-read Mar 19, It is more complete than the other taildragger books I’ve seen, and much clearer.

Loved seeing the formulas to understand the “why” behind it all.

Cliff rated it liked taikdragger Nov 10, Includes new material on: Last but not least are appendices analysing in detail propellor P-factor, and crabbed crosswind landings.

Dave Croson rated it really liked it Jan 11, There’s also a suggested curriculum for transitioning from trikes to taildraggers–probably the usual circumstance now, when most training is done in one or another Cessna trike. Refresh and try again.

The Compleat Taildragger Pilot Overview: I tailfragger it shortly after I started my own transition to compleag, and knowing what I’m trying to do before I do it helps a lot. Jeremy Mitchell rated it really liked it Jul 26, Donald Bruce rated it it was amazing Dec 23, Well written old almost lost information about bygone era.

To ask other readers questions about The Compleat Taildragger Pilotplease sign up. Some of his opinions contradict my own training.

The Compleat Taildragger – Review

Full of great, relevant I formation. Barth marked it as to-read Aug 07, Olena rated it it was amazing Taildragyer 04, I highly recommend this book to any aspiring taildragger pilots.


Lists with This Book. Very clear writing and explanations. I am less sure of the second.

The Compleat Taildragger – Review

He served in the Taipdragger as an aircraft instrument mechanic, then got an engineering degree in The book is illustrated throughout with clear, though basic, diagrams complementing the text. 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.

Bruce is currently reading it Sep 06, Especially good on the presentation of P-factor, which affects a taildragger more than a trike. George Polos rated it it was amazing Nov 29, If you like books ckmpleat love to build cool products, we may be looking for you. Includes conpleat material on torque, crosswind landing gear, P-factor, crabbed crosswind landing and a section for flight instructors.

Sign up for our newsletter and stay updated on special offers. John marked it as to-read Jul 15, I still need lots more practice, but at least now when I botch it, I know why.