Tailwheel Training

Texas Tailwheel Flight Training, as the name suggests, is very interested in serving you with your tailwheel needs!

We can work with you in our bird or yours. Our current aircraft is this Cessna 120.

Cessna 120 - our tailwheel trainer.

We have worked with customers or have experience flying in the following aircraft:

  • Acroduster Two Biplane (Experimental)
  • Aeronca Champ (7AC and 7FC)
  • Aeronca Chief
  • American Champion Decathlon
  • Aviat Husky (A-1B, C)
  • Cessna 120/140
  • Cessna 170, 170A, and 170B
  • Cozy MKIV
  • Cubcrafters Carbon Cub
  • Glastar (Experimental)
  • Piper L-4 Grasshopper
  • Piper J-3 Cub
  • Piper PA-15 Vagabond
  • Piper PA-18 Super Cub
  • Rans S7 (Rotax 582)
  • Stinson L-5 Sentinel
  • Stinson 108
  • Taylorcraft L-2M Grasshopper
  • Taylorcraft BC12D
  • Van's RV-3
  • Van's RV-6
  • Van's RV-6A
  • Wichawk Biplane (Experimental)

Tailwheel training can be done safely, within reasonable margins, and will help you improve your overall flying skills, as well as give you access to an number of fun airplanes to fly.

Student in a Piper Cub The nose of a Piper Cub on final

Tailwheel Cub shadow

Taylorcraft L-2M Piper J-3 Cub

Basic syllabus (may vary by aircraft):

First flight: fundamentals and basics - stalls, slow flight, turns, etc...
Second phase flights: Three Point Landings until proficiency and go-arounds
Third phase flights: Wheel landings to proficiency and slips
Fourth phase: Crosswind practice if available
Optional fifth phase: Grass runways, short fields.

Cub external view

Here are some videos from tailwheel training I have done

Me and my shadow...

A takeoff at Kerrville yesterday.

Posted by Texas Tailwheel Flight Training on Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Aerial Photography

Texas Tailwheel's chief flight instructor Ryan's primary work for is Red Wing Aerial Photography as an aerial photographer. Because of this work he is quite familiar with visual navigation to small geographical reference points as well as with operations in busy airspace and tight location standards and can help pilots get more comfortable in similar environments.

If you are interested in having aerial photos of your site in North Texas, please contact the home office to arrange for them to be taken!

Red Wing Aerial Photography
(210) 828-5366

We fly in some of the busiest airspace around and have a good working relationship with ATC. Note DFW International Airport in the photo below. More of Ryan's work can be viewed at www.ShortStudio.com

Marketing photo with DFW Airport in the background

Below are some samples of our work:

Air-to-Air photos

Crop Duster


Marketing photos

Dallas Country Club

Marketing photo

Ali Baba Restaurant - you can buy us lunch there anytime!

Marketing photo

Construction Progress

Construction Progress Photo

Dallas Trinity River Full

We also do Ground Photography packages

Texas Tailwheel is currently run by primary instructor - Ryan, a 7 year CFI with over 4000 hours of experience including around 935+ in tailwheel.

Our current instructor rate is $50/hr in our aircraft and most other light aircraft. For high-performance or complex aircraft, and experimental aircraft instruction we charge $65/hr. 

Ryan in Cessna 120

Ryan believes in teaching a balance of "old school" basics while embracing modern technology. He believes that the fundamentals of "stick and rudder" are of utmost importance, whilst also believing that students should learn to wisely integrate modern technology in the cockpit for improved operational capabilities.

He will teach you to fly a maneuver to PTS standards, and as shown in the animation below, is not afraid to use modern technology to help you visualize the maneuvers you have just flown and help you improve.

Training Example

So here are some of our favorite links at Texas Tailwheel!

Destinations and flying adventures

Flight Planning

Flight Tracking


Friends and Coworkers and friendly Businesses

Flight Training

Tailwheel / Aircraft Specific


Our fleet currently consists of a Cessna 120. It is currently available for dual-only instruction.

Cessna 120

The aircraft rents for $120/hr wet (dual instruction time is an additional $60/hr). Call 469-740-2222 to schedule your flight!

We also work with students in their own aircraft and may soon have access to some other aircraft that can be used for rental.