I’ve been in the market for a tail dragger to add to On Course Aviation for a while. The goal is to offer tail wheel training required for a licensed pilot to receive the tail wheel endorsement and also to offer sight seeing rides at WV77. While I love a tandem such as a J3 Cub, I like to instruct in a side by side airplane. I think I do a better job instructing when I can see what the student is doing and the student can see what I’m doing! At first I was thinking of something like a Luscombe, Aeronca Chief, or a Cessna 140 but I came around the C-170 because it offers a little more horsepower and space. Plus I’m a Cessna guy. I didn’t really want the 180 hp Lycoming conversion. The extra horsepower would be nice but it is also more gallons per hour and more weight. Plus I first soloed in a 1950 C-150 with a Continental engine and I think they just sound better than a Lycoming and I think the little six cylinder on the C-170 is cool. There were several C-170 authorized modifications (Supplemental Type Certificates) that I did want. One was Cessna 180 landing gear, which is a little more stout and raises the nose somewhat, and a Scott tail wheel. The Scott tail wheel is better than the original. So N2266D is the now a member of On Course Aviation!
I’m presenting an AOPA Rusty Pilot Seminar at Weyers Cave, Virginia (KSHD) on 4 March 2017 starting at 9:00am. I have another in Buffalo, NY on 18 March also at 9am. These seminars have been a lot of fun and folks really seem to enjoy the presentation and the chance to gather with a bunch of “Rusty Pilots” who would like to get back into flying. To register or find a location follow this link or go to AOPA > You can fly (located at the top of the web page) > Rusty Pilots. The presentation provides a review of regulations and procedures and I’d like to think it would be a good review for anyone. I also provide all the attendees with an endorsement for the ground portion of a §61.56 flight review. So come on out! And if you can’t make one of mine there are others at locations all around the country. And did I mention that the seminar is free to AOPA members?