Three Hills, AB, Canada - May, 2012

May 26, 2012 was a nice day to go flying and when I dropped in at Three Hills, I discovered someone else had the same thought. (Trevor McTavish)

The Prairie Bible Institute has owned Citabria C-GAUT since March 2004. Built in 1979, its a 7GCBC which means it has a Lycoming O-320 engine developing 150hp. (Trevor McTavish)

Back in 1999/2000 I logged about a dozen hours in a Citabria. With its tail wheel, control stick and fighter-like throttle on the sidewall it was easy for me to imagine myself in the cockpit of a World War 2 fighter. (Trevor McTavish)

While I loved diving at the other traffic in the circuit and lining their Cessnas up in my imaginary ring guns site, I will admit that getting used to a tail wheel took some time. The worst part was getting over the idea of pushing the nose forward during takeoff. I had horrible images of the propeller cutting into the runway and my plane flipping over. (Trevor McTavish)

Today, there aren't that many flight schools offering tail wheel training. So I wholeheartedly suggest you take the opportunity whenever it presents itself. (Trevor McTavish)