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    Any recommendations for a tailwheel instructor at Lake Hood or Birchwood? It would be in my friend's plane. I just need a good tailwheel CFI. I would also like to know who to avoid.
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    Jay Baldwin up in Palmer is the best tailwheel instructor around. Even better than me. He is well worth the extra drive.
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    Thanks for the suggestion. I may go that route if I can work out the logistics. Has anyone had any experience with Jay Laub out of Birchwood?
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    Patrick, Pat O'Hare at Birchwood does a good job too . . he's the primary instructor for our club of more than 15 pilots . . . Good luck.

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I have booked time with Jay Baldwin at Wolf Lake for this weekend.

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    How did it go?
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    Thumbs up WOW!

    I learned a huge amount in the two days I was flying with Jay. It is like drinking from a fire hose. The man know his stuff and likes to teach! The tailwheel instruction is almost secondary to the off-airport work. In a few hours of flying my skills are much better, and my confidence is much higher.
    I am training in a friend's aircraft which I had never flown before. Even so I am now more comfortable in the Stinson than in the 172 that I had been training in for the last six months.
    Jay trains for bush flying, which is what I thought I would be doing next year. Hopefully we will get some cross winds and I will finish up the tailwheel rating next visit.
    After that I will get out and just fly for a while and get some practice under my belt. I will definitely be going back to Jay for more off-airport instruction. He teaches the kind of flying I had always wanted to do - low and slow. After I get my rating it will be easy to get out to Wolf Lake for more instruction.
    Thanks for the suggestion. The owner of the Stinson had also highly recommended Jay.

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    What were his rates (supplied own plane)? Decent?

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    We finished up the tailwheel endorsement today. But it really was secondary to the off-airport training and emergency procedures. I hope I can remember half of what we went over. There was a lot of information in a short period of time. If someone is planning on going airport to airport, then Jay's training is overkill. We did not do much training at an airport.
    As mentioned before I thought I would get into this kind of training next year after I had some airport time under my belt. However it may be better to start now before I build up bad habits that would have to be corrected.
    A few lessons certainly does not make me a bush pilot by any means. However it does give me a starting point and some basic skills and knowledge that can be practiced and expanded upon. I also have a whole new perspective on flying.
    I have definite plans to continue training with Jay (Alaska's Cub Training Specialists), but I have been putting a lot of things off while I have been flight training this year. It is time to get other aspects of my life caught up (and let my bank account recover.) I plan on flying when I can, work when I have to, and get the "honey do" list down to one volume.
    Patrick

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