ASA Notes on the Tailwheel Checkout and an Introduction to Ski Flying (Softcover)


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In the northern latitudes, many pilots fly a tailwheel in the summer and
then put the same airplane on skis in the winter… an initial tailwheel
checkout is often followed up with a ski checkout. Author Burke Mees
keeps to that sequence of events in this book, which covers the basics
for both checkouts along with valuable commentary on the finer points.

Notes on the Tailwheel Checkout and an Introduction to Ski Flying is
meant to be useful not only to the beginner first making this
transition, but also to provide relevant observations to the pilot or
instructor already flying these kinds of airplanes. The author’s clear
explanations have proven effective with students and are distilled from
two decades of experience in flying and flight instructing in tailwheel
airplanes and skiplanes.

In addition to an orderly presentation of all the basic topics required
to develop tailwheel/ski competence, Mees also covers advanced topics
such as flying multi-engine tailwheel airplanes and ski-flying on
glaciers. But rather than simply explain the list of topics, this book
anticipates and preemptively addresses questions and difficulties
experienced by the average student. Here readers will find insights
about the learning process that will help prepare them for flight
training in these airplanes.