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Reinstatement Recommendation - Member
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Reinstatement Recommendation - Instructor
The high-speed taxi is a fairly standard training maneuver that Tailwheel instructors will do with their students to teach skills needed for the landing roll out. I have given 668.6 hours of dual in tailwheel airplanes, and I demo this skill literally for every student, and then I have THEM perform the maneuver, with me controlling the throttle and guarding the rudder pedals and stick. I always do this on the first or second lesson. When it comes to Tailwheel training, 98% of our time is spent with touch and goes and ground handling, since in the air there is a little difference between a tailwheel and a tricycle airplane.
Regarding the incident in question, it was me at the controls not the student, and I misjudged the distance remaining to the end of the runway. Despite the stick being full aft and maximum braking (without nosing over), I knew we were going to run off the end of the runway. So I try to cheat a high-speed taxi onto taxiway A, but we were going to fast. This is when the ground loop occurred. Looking back on the situation, had I continued straight and ran off the end of the runway, I am pretty sure we would’ve had more damage, because likely the airplane would have nosed over in the dirt and resulted in a prop strike, which would have resulted in a necessary engine tear down.
Recommendations for Remediation from Paul Miko Tailwheel Instructor.
The high-speed taxi is a necessary part of tailwheel training. I propose making high speed taxi demonstrations a very structured demonstration that spells out exactly how, when and where we are going to perform them. I recommend that Mark writes up detailed specifics for MYF and SEE and we will disseminate them among the tailwheel instructors. Also somewhat unrelated, I suggest we move Mark to the purview of Zach Harris who supervises all of the tailwheel instructors that I know of. It will help standardization.