I am continuing my tailwheel training.
I’ve discovered that taxiing in the Citabria is not as challenging as it initially seemed, but it still demands smooth, gentle and precise manipulation of the pedals.
There are two distinct landing methods: the first involves maintaining a nose-high attitude, allowing the tailwheel to touch down first, and then applying additional pull force to slow down until the main wheels also make contact with the ground. The second method requires keeping the airplane’s nose relatively low, gently and precisely letting the main wheels touch the ground while keeping the tailwheel in the air.
The second approach is considerably more challenging, necessitating an extremely low vertical speed at the moment of touchdown. Furthermore, it’s a bit counterintuitive — you have to push the stick when the wheels are on the ground, contrary to reflexes that might urge you to do the opposite.
Flying and landing a tailwheel airplane is genuinely fascinating. It enhances visual flying skills, especially directional control and landings. If you’re a pilot or contemplating becoming one, I strongly recommend having this experience.