I was prompted to write this article because of one applicant with whom I recently flew. It seems that until he flew the tailwheel endorsement course, he suffered from a bad coordination habit and no one thought to correct it.
"He was carrying power, even though he was too high. But we’re used to seeing that. After all, that’s how Acme trains. As he approached short final, we called to THAT unhearing pilot, “Go around, go around!”
"let’s not forget that some of us will revert to the actions of a guy who is driving a Soap Box Derby racer."
"If I DO suggest that you try it, it’s because I think you’re a pretty damned good stick. There! I just insulted well over half of my students. Oh, well, I was gonna quit teaching anyway!"
"Interestingly enough, I find that the maneuver I practice the least is the landing in a turn followed by slaloms".
"In fact, I’m not sure, but I’ll bet that virtually every member of the “Geezer Patrol” belongs to the EAA!"
"I also experiment to see how much rudder is required to compensate for left yawing tendency (that’s “left-turning tendency” for you Acme fliers) in climbing flight."
"“Get on his ass”, I coached the pilot with me. “That way you can turn inside him when we are on the go because he will be climbing straight out. "
"Lately, I’ve changed the way in which we do multiples. Now, we conduct the first landing as a Wheelie on the left side of the center line. Then we power up, get back in the air and slide over to the right side with an alternating side slip. The heading never changes."
"But here’s what impresses me about Hoop. He was broke and stuck with no prospects. So he hauled ass across the street to a little seafood restaurant and nightclub and got himself a job as a dishwasher."