Best tailwheel primary training in the us m gastrocnemius

First off, allow me to introduce myself. I’ve been a lurker here for some time now, and interested in aviation since I was a kid– grew up the son of two pilots, one military one private, but never did much flying– I figure raising 5 kids kept my parents busy enough! I’ve recently relocated to Alaska (Anchorage) and have decided that now is the time to stop putting off my flight training, being in such a fantastic location for flying. I currently work a remote mining job, working 4 weeks on and 2 weeks off, which gives me a little flexibility for training.

I’m looking for some recommendations for primary flight instructors/schools in tail wheel aircraft. My eventual mission is to pick up a Supercub and use it to explore AK and likely large parts of the lower 48, so learning tail wheel from the beginning is important to me. In the more near term future, I will probably pick up a J3/Champ/Taylorcraft as a tail wheel trainer. Because of my work schedule, I’d like to try and take a few weeks and really commit myself to learning– and I’m willing to travel a bit if it gets me the right instructor or flight school. Time frame for this is sometime in the next year, but most likely will not get to it this summer, as house hunting will be eating all my time (and $).

I would look first at any flying club you can join. If money allows buy a plane, Pacer/170/Citabria, would be my first choice for Alaska. The ones you posted are fine for training (I am afraid of that dam blue TCrate showing up when I do a STOL even) but limited by power/weight for a BEGINNER (playing in AK). They are great planes, but if you want to EXPLORE ALASKA as a beginner give yourself a bit more leeway. A pacer is a bit of a handful at first but once you understand/love/hate/regret the next flight, it is OK. They will carry a load and you will find them on most runways in Alaska. Even in the winter because it is what the poor guys can afford and want to fly year round. The problem/good thing about having your own plane is getting instruction. So if you are in a club that has instructors you are good. Set up for you days off. If you want your own plane go find instructors that do it FULL TIME!!! and can be at you beck and call!! I flew a Pacer over a lot of Alaska and usually had a 170/Citabria with me. The last time I went over the Brooks range a Cessna 150 was in the mix. GO LEARN TO FLY!! Ya, if you do it in a tailwheel airplane like the cool guys, women will want to have your baby and you will be a HUGE stud!! But the big thing is go fly!! Because when you are at the bar with fellow pilots telling the story of how you almost died, it always starts with "THERE I WAS"!!

I agree in that with a diligent instructor and a student who truly strives to master the basics, where the little wheel is located on the airplane doesn’t make much difference. Transitioning such a pilot to conventional gear aircraft is a non-event.

One problem is that there are too many instructors out there that never mastered the basics themselves and are hence unable to teach properly. The other issue is the student that accepts a performance of "good enough" [in the interest of full disclosure, I was one of those regarding my academic performance in high school]. Transition training a pilot with this background is much more involved because bad habits have to be "unlearned" and the basics have to be retaught properly.

A tail wheel airplane is not amenable to sub-par instructors and lax students. That is why it is said that learning to fly in a conventional gear aircraft makes better pilots. That is not actually true; good instructors and students that strive for their best performance make better pilots. The taildragger just forces the issue.