Jun 2014 Rachel Kopman (Washington)
Rachel Kopman is based at Green Mountain Airport, a private strip in Washington state.
I started flying in a tricycle gear plane and always envied the pilots flying tailwheels. I loved hearing the stories and the pride in their voices when the tailwheel pilots shared their experiences. Receiving my tailwheel endorsement was a welcome challenge to improve my flying skills – I’ve taken my stick and rudder skills to a higher level. At the same time, I’m experiencing some “old fashioned” flying fun!
If you’re going to do something, do it right…flying with more control (or within narrower margins) is forced upon us, soon it becomes a habit. We need something to keep us honestâ€“and I think flying a tailwheel fits that bill. That’s why I chose to fly a taildragger.