AROUND 8-12 HOURS OF FLIGHT TIME
40-60 TAKEOFFS & LANDINGS
APPROXIMATE INVESTMENT $2320-$3780
So you’ve heard of the nostalgia of flying a tail dragger, you heard it will make you a better pilot? Well it’s true. 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. We are confident that, regardless of your experience level, you will be challenged and taught new skills to keep in your repertoire. Furthermore, you’ll be shown the potential for new backcountry travel experiences which can arise from 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 20 mph, on paved and un-paved runways, with varying runway lengths & widths and with non-standard traffic patterns and approaches. Our approach to training is that this is not a test, you are here to learn and have fun.
We’ve found 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. However, each training day will be tailored to the student’s desires and absorption rate. 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 challenges.
This program takes you as long as it takes. A stopping point for the day keeps it positive, minimizes bad habits and should leave you wanting more the next day. We’ll train until we both feel secure you will be a safe tailwheel pilot.
Due to insurance constraints, company liability considerations, and the responsibility to support the Kitfox-specific community:
- Our instructors only offer “Tailwheel Endorsements” to Kitfox-specific builders, or to owners of a Kitfox.
- We do not offer “Tailwheel Endorsements” to student pilots, unless the student pilot is finishing their training to a pilot license with us in a Kitfox.
- In addition, we do not offer “Tailwheel Endorsement” training until the pilot has at least 100 additional hours of PIC flight time experience – post the hours they were licensed license.
- Exceptions might be made on a case by case basis.
WHAT WE FLY:
Standard wing Series 7 Super Sport
- Standard wing: Fuel-injected 912isSport 110hp w/ AirMaster constant speed prop
- Standard wing: Turbo-charged 914 115hp w/ AirMaster constant speed prop
- Modern glass cockpit avionics
- PS Engineering Intercoms
- Bose active noise-cancelling headsets
- Alaska Bushwheel tires
- 3 blade Whirlwind propellor
KITFOX RENTAL (wet)
- plus 6% Idaho sales tax
- exact rate dependent upon which configuration of Kitfox is available
- tailwheel students receive a minimum of 2 hours of ground instruction to best prepare you for your first flight
DEPOSIT & CONTRACT:
We require a $1500 deposit for every week of training you reserve on our schedule. Once we receive your deposit, we will send you a confirmation of your reservation.
Your deposit is non-refundable if you cancel within 60 days of your reservation. We will hold the deposit on account for 6 months in the hopes you will reschedule. Once you start your training, the deposit will be used towards your training balance.
A signed contract is required along with your deposit. Please include when mailing your deposit.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
We’re located at a private air ranch in Greenleaf, Idaho. 35 miles West of Boise.
WHEN CAN I COME?
March through November are ideal as the weather is more predictable and the backcountry airstrips are generally void of snow. Please complete our contact form and include your proposed training window. We’ll check the schedule and either confirm or offer availability options. Please give us plenty of lead time as we’re usually booked up several months in advance.
WHERE DO I STAY?
We’ve compiled a comprehensive “GUIDE TO PLANNING YOUR TRIP” in hopes that you’ll have nothing short of a great experience both in the air and on the ground while visiting Idaho.
IS IT POSSIBLE FOR A KITFOX AND AN INSTRUCTOR TO COME TO ME?
Yes, we gladly offer training from your home airport. The following is a breakdown of costs:
OUR KITFOX TO YOU:
Ferry costs to bring our Kitfox to you: $185/hr
Kitfox rental for training (your home): $195/hr (plus 6% sales tax)
Instructor: $555/day for ferry AND flight training
Plus reimbursement for: lodging, meals and travel expenses for the instructor. (The same expenses you would have for yourself, if visiting us).
YOUR KITFOX (you’ve just purchased (new or used)) TO YOUR HOME:
Ferried @ Day Rate (if overnight)
Plus reimbursement for: fuel, hangar, FBO ramp fees, and maintenance (as needed), travel expenses.
Plus reimbursement for: lodging, meals, and travel expenses for the instructor. (Again, the same expenses you would have for yourself, if visiting us).
WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO DISCUSS MY FUTURE TRAINING?
Due to the high demand for our services and lack of cell signal in the backcountry, we’re typically unable to communicate via phone. Please proceed to our contact form to submit your details.
HOW TO PREP FOR YOUR TRAINING:
We ask that you show up prepared and motivated in order to get the most from your training experience. Below are some suggested reading or watching prior to your first lesson:
LEARN ABOUT THE AIRCRAFT YOU’LL BE FLYING
ROTAX ENGINES in our flight school fleet
Short articles on the How & Why: The Taildragger
Rich Stowell’s opinion (right on): Tailwheel Transition Training
Airfacts Journal: Why you must fly a taildragger
Tailwheel Checkout Course (online): Learn Safe Taildragger Flying
The Compleat Taildragger Pilot: A must for any Tailwheel pilots library
Learn to Turn: A Stick and Rudder Approach to Reducing Loss of Control