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I obtained my private pilot license in 2006. This site is dedicated to capturing little gems of knowlege I collected during training. Periodically I add items I find during research so that others might benefit from them. Please review the disclaimer at the bottom of this page.

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Location: San Jose, CA, United States

In 1999 a friend invited me to go flying and I was hooked. I live in the Bay Area about an hour south of San Francisco and fly out of Reid Hillview (KRHV). Please do get in touch and lets go fly!!

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Taming the tail dragger

So it's been a while since I had taken to the air. 1 1/2 years according to my log book, so I thought it would be a good idea to combine a refresher with learning something completely new. I went down to Aerodynamic Aviation at Reid Hillview and as luck would have it got a flight the same day. Most humbling experience. I hadn't flown a stick before so that took some getting used to. I took to the skies in N53893, a Citabria 7EcA with a 115 HP Lycoming. We went for some airwork that definitely showed some rust on my part. It's hard to stall these birds. No stall horn either. The stick needed to be all the way back and they tip a heck of a lot faster than a Cessna 172 or an Archer. These things require some serious foot work and getting used to different locations for power, trim and instruments took some time. I'm heading back the next two weekends. Today was just air work. I'm looking forward to take offs and landings.


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