24 May 2016
Tailwheel training is an essential part of moving to a classic aircraft such as a Tiger Moth and for the first time, the Vintage Aircraft Club (VAC) is to offer a flying scholarship for a suitable course.
The VAC calls it ‘The Liz Inwood Taildragger Scholarship’, named in memory of the late Tiger Moth pilot and flying instructor Liz Inwood. The scholarship will will offer five hours flying to a PPL, NPPL or LAPL licence holder under the age of 35, to assist them in transitioning from typical flying club nosewheel aircraft to older tailwheel types, potentially opening the door to flying a wider range of vintage and classic types.
“The Liz Inwood Scholarship will annually offer a younger pilot a rare opportunity to learn the classic taildragger handling, forming part of the now-required differences training,” said VAC Chairman Peter Wright.
“In addition to allowing them to hone their handling skills for older heritage aircraft, it may also allow access to flying or even becoming a syndicate partner in a range of fun-to-fly aircraft, which are often much cheaper to acquire than contemporary GA types.”
The award, which is funded by donations from the Vintage Aircraft Club, Light Aircraft Association Educational Trust, and the Inwood estate, will enable the use of a suitable flying school aircraft and instructor, selected to suit the recipient’s location. An application form can be downloaded from the VAC website.