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Flight Review

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I have been asked to give a flight review in a tailwheel airplane. I do not possess a tailwheel endorsement. Can I give a flight review in a tailwheel airplane when I do not possess the tailwheel endorsement?

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  1. Russ Roslewski on Mar 29, 2016


    – If the pilot is legal to act as PIC (in other words, their existing flight review has not expired, medical is current, etc.), then yes, you could conduct the flight review. You are acting within the ratings on your CFI certificate. An endorsement is not a rating.

    – If the pilot’s flight review has expired or they are unable to act as PIC for other reasons (like medical), then no. Somebody needs to be acting as PIC, and you can’t since you don’t have the endorsements for it.

    However, SHOULD you conduct this flight review? I suppose only you can answer that question. How will a non-tailwheel instructor properly evaluate takeoff, landing, and ground handling skills? What will you do if the pilot is so rusty they aren’t up to the task of landing? Do you have the ability and skills to take over?

    I have a tailwheel endorsement, but I have so few tailwheel hours (maybe 10 spread over 20+ years) that I’d rather refer someone looking for a tailwheel flight review to another instructor I know who is very current in tailwheels.

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