View Poll Results: Should there be an award for Taildragger ratings?

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    Irishmicro
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    Taildragger rating

    Another tricky rating to achieve on your license but rewarding as well, I really fancy a go at this and it would be an excuse for another possible award.
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    Do you mean that you have to have an actual official rating for aircraft with the third wheel on the correct end, not just a ride with an experienced pilot until you can land without bouncing?
    How many other things do you have to have ratings added for?
    Just how big IS the modern licence to accommodate them?
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    You need rated for a taildragger, floatplane, flex, fixed wing, variable prop that I know off.
    Every type of microlight you fly you also have to have familiarization training on type with an instructor
    I think they just sign it off in your logbook for most of the things.
    Someone will be along that knows for sure and fill us in.
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    I just posted a reply but it has vanished into the ether so I will try again.

    An additional thought. How do you get to fly a single seater if there is no two seat version of that type?
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    I don't think you need to be signed of by an instructor before flying microlight tail draggers, but the training maybe a good idea
    As far as I know, on the Microlight NPPL it's only conversion to flex-wing or fixed-wings that needs an instructor sign off.
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    It would be foolish to try and fly a different aircraft from what you were trained on without proper training.
    Also to go and jump into a taildragger type and head off without any training would also be foolish.
    It still is put into your logbook that you underwent this difference training to a satisfactory standard even though its not on your license.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Clarke View Post
    An additional thought. How do you get to fly a single seater if there is no two seat version of that type?
    Most single seater types have a similar 2 seat trainer so its going to be the same as going solo, with in reason.


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    OK, so in most cases it's an instructor sign-off job as opposed to having to have an official rating on your licence?
    That makes much more sense to me, it's not that much different to our old method of having an experienced safety pilot on type sat next to you extracting the urine while you discovered the different handling characteristics.
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    Single seaters were a different matter.
    "Conversion training" consisted of a long discussion with the owner on the handling characteristics and any bad habits to be expected, then throttle wide open and go for it.
    We are of course talking about very experienced pilots, not students or low hour pilots, the preservation of ones beloved aircraft was sufficient to ensure that no kamikaze pilot was going to be let anywhere near your pride and joy!
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