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    Conventional Gear: Flying a Taildragger (Focus Series) (Paperback) By (author) David Robson

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    DescriptionMany vintage airplanes, aerobatic planes, cropdusters, and ultralights are taildraggers, which means there are a large number of pilots who need to learn these particular skills and techniques. Written in plain language with many clear illustrations to explain the dynamics and techniques, Conventional Gear provides a thorough foundation of knowledge for the pilot seeking a tailwheel endorsement. It presents the combined experience of thousands of flight hours by civilian and military pilots who grew up flying airplanes with conventional gear. The original configuration of an airplane's landing gear was tail wheel. Only during World War II did the nose wheel become common, when longer runways were required for takeoff with heavy loads. After the war, the tricycle landing gear layout became standard, but the traditional arrangement has always been known as "conventional" gear. The tail wheel configuration is lighter, simpler and offers less drag. It is also better for rough-field operations. Therefore many crop dusters, aerobatic airplanes and ultralights are taildraggers. However, conventional gear does introduce more demands on the pilot, especially during takeoff and landing, and in strong winds. A taildragger is more difficult to operate on the ground because the center of gravity is behind the main wheels; it therefore tends to deviate from a straight path during taxi, takeoff and landing. Because taildraggers demand more piloting skill, flying one well is a sign of a good pilot. If you want to fly a warbird, antique or a modern airplane with conventional gear, this book tells you how in a simple, clearly illustrated manner. It begins with the theory and dynamics of a tail wheel airplane, then describes the piloting techniques needed to safely fly a taildragger. The book concludes with a fascinating collection of stories about what it is like to fly some of the common and not so common airplanes with conventional gear...stories by old hands that otherwise could only be found in a good session of hangar flying.


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    Title
    Conventional Gear
    Subtitle
    Flying a Taildragger
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Robson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 220
    Width: 186 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 440 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781560274605
    ISBN 10: 1560274603
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: TRA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S9.3
    BIC subject category V2: TRPS
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 41
    BISAC V2.8: REF028000
    Ingram Subject Code: SL
    Libri: I-SL
    B&T General Subject: 790
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26870
    DC21: 629.1325243
    BISAC V2.8: TRA002050, SPO001000
    DC22: 629.1325243, 629.132/5243
    LC classification: TL711.T28 R63 2001
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: TRPS
    Illustrations note
    B&W photos throughout, B&W illustrations throughout
    Publisher
    Aviation Supplies & Academics Inc
    Imprint name
    Aviation Supplies & Academics Inc
    Publication date
    01 October 2001
    Publication City/Country
    Newcastle
    Author Information
    David Robson is the author of Skydancing and Transition to Twins and was the editor of Aviation Safety Digest.