Charles Hunt wrote:I'm not sure about the mystique either. Yes in a Tiger Moth with a tail skid and no brakes taxiing will be difficult in anything but a benign wind, but in anything with manageable brakes you should be OK. For we leisure pilots if the wind is getting bad enough to cause ground handling problems we'd probably stay at home anyway.
There is no mystique but some of my best flying has been in tailwheel aeroplanes, not because the flying was different for having a tailwheel but tailwheel aeroplanes allow you to go many places that you would not be able to take a nosewheel aeroplane.
And the take off and landing are more challenging and less forgiving than in a nosewheel aeroplane; that requires more skill, precision and concentration. I find that a pleasure and very satisfying on the occasions I get it right.
It also means that there are times that I or ther conditions determine it is not a tailwheel flying day. For that the club has other stuff.