Tailwheel Endorsement


So you've heard of the nostalgia of flying a tail dragger – heard it will make you a better pilot – well it's true.  Stick & Rudder Aviation had their Kitfox custom-built in a tailwheel configuration just for this purpose.


Whether you desire to learn a new flying skill with a tailwheel endorsement, or already have the experience and want to regain your proficiency, Stick & Rudder Aviation can help.  Our unique and thorough tailwheel flight training program was well-accepted by our insurance carrier, who then allowed us the latitude set our proficiency standards, and then offer the Kitfox to the student for solo rent post their flight training.


We guarantee regardless of your experience level you will be challenged, taught new skills to keep in your repertoire , and shown the potential for new backcountry travel experiences which can arise from now flying a tailwheel aircraft.


Stick & Rudder Aviation's training objective is for the safe, consistent, and proficient operation of a tailwheel aircraft in winds up to 15mph, on paved and un-paved runways, with varying runway lengths & widths, and with non-standard traffic patterns and approaches.  Our approach to training is “this is not a test” – “you are not here to please me” – “you are here to learn and have fun.”




We expect you to always try to fly the aircraft – the instructors will cover for you if you get into trouble.


This program takes you as long as it takes – do not take the minimum hours required as a stopping point (or a reflection on your ability).


We know you don't want to bend the shiny new Kitfox aircraft – nor do we, as we need it for our business – therefore lets just train until we both feel secure you will be a safe tailwheel pilot.


Stick & Rudder Aviation's prerequisites to operate solo:


 Completion of our lesson plan


Minimum 10 hours in make and model with a tailwheel endorsement


Student pilot certificate or greater (student pilots must also have solo endorsement, airports specified, and maximum wind limits).


Requires 10 takeoffs and landings PER month, at at least 3 different airports to maintain proficiency (continued rental authorization).


Our lesson plan will meet the requirements of a Biennial Flight Review.



Pre-training preparation materials


Stick & Rudder Aviation's assumptions are that you come to our training program prepared and motivated as best you can.  Therefore here are some suggested reading or watching prior to your first lesson:


http://www.kitfoxaircraft.com/  – explore the web site – learn about the aircraft (watch the videos)

  • Rotax Videos


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvyI4kH5fW4  – Rotax engine operations video


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMMmK9Y_FP8  – an additional Rotax engine operation video


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6zYLu8ojzc   -  Rotax engine (912/914) maintenance


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTPHdLNcPUc  -  Rotax 914 overview


  • Tailwheel procedures

Short articles on the How & Why:  The Taildragger

Rich Stowell's opinion (right on):  Tailwheel Transition Training


Stick & Rudder Aviation's opinion is that 3-hour training flights, with a break at an out-lying airport cafe for lunch, works best to immerse you in the pleasures of flying a tailwheel Kitfox (dependent. of course, on the students absorption ability).  We promise you will not spend your hours going round-and-round in a traffic pattern, turning base over the same Big Red Barn.  We bring adventure back into flight training with practice at over 25 different paved and un-paved airports, all within a 50-mile radius of our base, each offering unique training differences and challenges.




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