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to The Tailwheeler’s Journal.

 New Article on the Tailwheeler’s Journal

 This week’s new article is “NORDO”.  Although the number of aircraft without a radio is _MG_3429diminishing, for one reason or another there are still airplanes operating at uncontrolled airports with no radio.  They are not required and really shouldn’t be.  But we need to be prepared to encounter them.  Hope you enjoy “NORDO”.

The LadiesLoveTaildraggers Scholarship Contest

Both of our Scholarship winners have completed their courses and headed home.  I don’t know what it is about those who Judy Birchler and her scholarship committee chooses, but they are always top notch flyers.  Stirling and Amal certainly were.


Stirling Moore

 I urge you to go to the Ladies Love Taildraggers Website to read more about this great organization and these impressive new scholarship winners.  You can see both of their blogs regarding their visits to Tailwheel Town.  Stirling’s is here and Amal’s here.  I think you’ll


Amal Ajmi

enjoy the blogs, as well as a little exploration of this great organization which does so much to provide encouragement and support to women who love to fly…. and who prefer to fly tailwheel airplanes!





You may remember that the Tailwheeler’s Mercantile stopped charging for shipping last Christmas.  It continues!

Yup, we’re going to let this deal ride. From now on, shipping is free to all the continental United States.  What the heck, you can’t say we’re not full of the Christmas spirit here at Tailwheel Town!  Order anything from the Tailwheeler’s Mercantile and the shipping is free.  The only restriction is that if you order “Brian’s Flying Book”, you’ll need to do it by sending me an email at  Checks or PayPal are fine and checks can cross your shipment in the mail (it’s only $29.95).  Autographs are included!

What’s a Blind Squirrel?  Funny you should ask!


“Nuts from a Blind Squirrel” is a very special CD.  It’s a collection of stories written by Brian Lansburgh and performed by him in the manner of a radio show.  Music and sound effects combine with Brian’s narration to bring you some of the stories from Brian’s checkered flying career.  Just the thing to stuff the stocking of your favorite aviator so that there’ll be something cool to listen to on the way to the airport!  And from now until Christmas, the Squirrels will gift wrap these great CD’s and top the package with a bow!   Check it out at the Tailwheeler’s Mercantile page above.

The New Tailwheel Town Aviator’s Chapeaux

Tailwheel Town aviation ball cap

Finally! We have our own hats from Tailwheel Town.  And, not just any old hat… if you specify,we’ll perform a “buttonectomy” and send you one of our cool aviator’s chapeaux sans top button.  Your pilot and you will never have a hat button pushed into the top of your thinkbump by your headset again!  They are a measly Twenty Bucks!  You can order yours at the Tailwheeler’s Mercantile.  Oh CIMG1551and now we have a second color!  Just drop me a line at Tailwheel Town and let me know if you’d like a grey one… and thanks to my brother’s dog, Stella, for modeling the new hat!

What?? You haven’t read “Brian’s Flying Book”??

Brian's Flying Book v2 front cover


Here’s your chance.   (Note: To qualify for free shipping, you’ll need to contact us).  But you can also get it autographed for no extra charge. Just drop Brian an email at

You can pay with Paypal or a check and we’ll let ’em cross in the mail.  We won’t wait for payment to get your book heading your way!



Looking for a good movie?  We’ve got it!


One of the finest flying films ever made was produced by the Lansburgh Brothers many years ago.  

“DAWN FLIGHT” has been re-mastered and the copy you get from The Tailwheeler’s Journal has features not found anywhere else.  Our DVD has special features consisting of Brian’s interview and flight with “Dawn Flight” star, Denis Arndt.  It also features a “Film Maker’s Commentary”, which is an additional copy of the film with Brian’s comments in an addtional soundtrack explaining how and where some of the most fascinating flying scenes were shot.

Our Newsletter

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.


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.
Oregon Aero logo







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!