Tailwheel conversion

Conversion course for stick-and-rudder flying

We provide excellent tail wheel courses. Flying Tailwheel aircraft is more challenging and more enjoyable than nose wheel. It is a skill that needs to be taught by an expert so that if the landing gets out of shape, you learn from it but the aircraft does not get damaged. Of course most schools choose to teach in an aircraft that is so benign that little real skill is actually required but this will bite you in the backside when you come to fly a more challenging type.


  • Widen aircraft range
  • Enhance rudder usage
  • Use it on different aircraft
  • Learn 3-point landing
  • Use it for STOL ops
  • Better pilot skills

We teach in our 1946 Cessna 140. It is a fantastic aircraft and will teach you a lot. It demands that you learn the right lessons but when it does get out of shape, our instructors can recover easily.

Once you have mastered the C140, other tailwheel aircraft will feel very easy. We also have a 1944 Argus for you to convert to after completing the course

Adrian Willis

Chief Pilot












£ 900

Based on Cessna 140

Time and hours


flight time


pre-flight theory

Some students may require a little more time to reach our high standards.
This is priced at:

Solo hire £175 per hour
Dual hire £185 per hour
Ground school additional to that detailed above – £60 per hour
Use of own aircraft – £100 per hour

Additional £10/hour when training for EASA license

Sign up for trial flight

Sign up for one of our Tailwheel training flights and control the aircraft
of tailwheel type to see how you feel about it.

Aircraft we use

This course is normally flown in our Cessna 140, which will challenge you initially, but will bring many benefits later. We also have Fairchild Argus and Extra 200 aircraft available to be used for conversion, however these are more complex.

Course Syllabus

Ground school
Aircraft systems
Tailwheel theory
Tailwheel taxiing technique
Tailwheel take off and landing techniques
Pre-flight briefings
Post flight briefings
Flight exercises
Start-up, taxi (weaving) take off
Aircraft familiarisation, stalls, side-slips
Normal, crosswind, wheeler and short field landings
Emergencies / PFL’s

Ready to start your course?

Talk to us today and sign up for a Tailwheel Conversion to enhance your
flying skills and become a proper bush pilot.

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