Hello to you all, I have at last started on my journey to get a GA license. I come from a gliding background and still occasionally take part in soaring. Having out-landed more than once and been towed out by the tug on a short rope, this experience has sparked a love of off field landing, although in gliding it is seen as a failure of task to outland. The whole experience is fascinating, from finding a suitable field, estimating the wind strength and direction and planning the approach, to a hopefully successful landing without the luxury of a go round is for me a great adrenaline rush. So off field landings are my eventual goal in GA.
I started flying a C150 locally for 2hrs and transitioned to the C172 and soloed after 5hrs. I have been researching taildraggers for about 18months prior to starting my PPL and recently purchased a1980 Maule m5 235, recovered and refurbished in 09. The Maule, because of the 4 seats to take family and 235 mainly because from my research the upshot was,"You can never have to much power,"especially with the short wing.
The trouble is there are no schools locally who teach in taildraggers or have Maule experience. I found a school in Sydney that teach in taildraggers (Citabrias 7GCBCs) and have a lot of Maule experience, but and a big but, is that it is around a 1000ks away. So every couple of weeks I will fly down in a commercial jet and spend a week with them,until I can fly her home, the Maule is kept in their hangar. At this point I have 5 hrs in a Citabria and a couple in my Maule, she was still undergoing the fresh annual, for the sale, when I arrived. Initially I was nervous about flying the Maule, from what I had read, but after the experience in the Citabrias plus the input from my crusty old Maule instructor, she feels very nice and I like the fact that you really need to switch on as a pilot, must be that adrenaline thing
I have found that the stories and pics/vids from this web site and the Maule web site to be inspiring and informative from a skill, experience angle. The fact that I can access so much personal experience with a click of the mouse still amazes me, and it's with this in mind that I thought I would log my journey from beginning to beginning. Next week I head down again with the aim to solo in the Maule and start some navexs. There are pics of her in my gallery, "Pigs do fly."
All the best John