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to The Tailwheeler’s Journal.

We’ve completed our two Tailwheel Endorsements for “Ladies Love Taildraggers”!

Already Judy Birchler and her cohorts at Ladies Love Taildraggers are putting together next year’s scholarship.  We’re honored to again be hosting the winners at Tailwheel Town.  This time there will be both a Tailwheel Endorsment AND a Stick and Rudder Master Class awarded.  I’m looking forward to it.  We’ll have a blast!

Kudos to Judy Birchler at Ladieslovetaildraggers for dreaming up this great opportunity and making it happen.  In addition to some great support from Oregon Aero, there has also been some local support here in Sisters.  We’re very grateful to Julie Benson for her help in making the LLT Tailwheelers welcome.  Marc and Melanie Edmonds’ warm hospitality was also very welcome and appreciated.

Congratulations, Diana and Liz!

And congratulations to Julie Benson!  Julie soloed this week and is on her way to becoming a certificated pilot.

This Week’s New Article

The new article on the site is “The Shadow Game”.  I hope you like this little glimpse of a flight training manuever which drew the ire of the California Highway Patrol.

Those of you who get the weekly newsletter know all about it because the newsletter announces all the new articles, videos and activities at Tailwheel Town

If you’re not on the newsletter list, give me a shout at and I’ll put you on the list.  I think you’ll enjoy these little weekly newsletters.


We’re delighted to announce that we’ve got our illustrator!  Rebekah McKenzie, who runs a graphic arts outfit right here in Sisters will illustrate our new kids books.  We had a fun photo shoot to gather images last week and I can’t wait to see the finished product!

Ethan and Brian of Tailwheeler's Journal

Ethan enacts running the wing of a glider for “Bennie, the Wing Runner”, while brian plays the part of the glider.

Gayle Crowder (“# 54 Only the Good Ones”) and Brian have written a set of childrens’ books.  The two books are aimed at kids from 6 to 10.  We’re pretty happy with “Benny, the Wing Runner” and “The Happy Pilot”.   We’ll begin marketing the two books on The Tailwheeler’s Mercantile and Amazon, but we’ll be looking to expand our marketing as we learn more about the biz.  


Our tailwheel trainer is now equipped with brand new Oregon Aero Seats.  Many thanks to Mike and Jude Dennis and the rest of the great crew at Oregon Aero for the fine design and craftsmanship.

Oregon Aero’s products not only enhance pilot comfort, but they also increase safety and “G” tolerance through their engineering of shock absorbing materials.  Remember that every flier who completes a Tailwheel Endorsement or Stick and Rudder Master Class through the Tailwheeler’s Journal will receive a Headset Upgrade Kit compliments of Oregon Aero.   Be sure to check out the Oregon Aero website.  You’ll be drooling over some fantastic products.
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It’s Here!

The second edition of “Brian’s Flying Book” is now available either directly through or from the Tailwheeler’s Journal.  We are so excited to finally be offering this latest edition as a hard copy to all those who have been asking for it.  Included are some new photos, sections, and a wonderful forward from our friend Adm Mike Bowman.   Speaking of the Tailwheeler’s Mercantile, we are now out of Dale Masters’ book but remember that you can still order our CD, “Nuts from a Blind Squirrel” as well as other goodies from our little webstore.

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The CD is still at the Tailwheeler’s Mercantile in case some of your ungrateful friends or relatives neglected to give you one!  If you’d like to have a copy of “Nuts from a Blind Squirrel” on either CD or Flash Drive, just go to the Tailwheeler’s Mercantile and you’ll see a spot from which you can order.
Cessna 140 at Tailwheeler's Journal


Now more about the Tailwheeler’s Journal:

This site is the place where you can find videos and articles that will help you challenge your flying skills and become a better stick and rudder airman.

The Tailwheeler’s Journal began as a series of short articles that Brian Lansburgh sent to about 100 pilots and other interested people who requested them via email.  We soon realized that many of these articles could be produced as short videos demonstrating challenging flying techniques that are mostly applicable to Tailwheel airplanes. It’s all about challenge and practice.

We’ve expanded the concept to include our “Plane and Pilot” features that allow our viewers to meet some interesting pilots and their airplanes.


Email us if you’d like to receive the Tailwheeler’s Journal monthly articles and be informed of new additions to the Tailwheeler’s Journal video collection.

Remember, Brian is available to work with you, whether to add a Tailwheel Endorsement to your qualifications or to simply add to your skills in mountain flying, spin recognition or crosswind technique (all tailwheel endorsements include a Biennial Flight Review).

He can be reached at the email above or by phone at (541) 948-9873.

Happy Swooping!