Landing a Microlight Tail-dragger

Until a few years ago, all Thrusters were tail-draggers, these articles examine how to learn to land them.


The Thruster was originally an Australian design, which became naturalised in the UK. It is reasonable, therefore, that we go to Australia for guidance on how to fly the things.

Until his death in 2009, Tony Hayes ran the Thruster Operator Support Group in Australia and latterly, primarily concerned himself with writing and publishing Ultralight Pilot and Ultralight Instructor Training Manuals. Tony was also the resident CFI for the Brisbane Valley Leisure Aviation Centre.

As a result of questions asked on the ThrusterClub Yahoo! Group, Tony started to post a series of articles, explaining the essentials of successful microlight tail-dragger landings. He kindly allowed us to copy these articles here.


Part 1 The Psychology of Landing


Part 2 - Bits & pieces we need for landing


Part 3 - Energy and Glideslope


Part 3a - The transition from Glide to Float


Part 4 - The float and prelanding configuration


Part 5 - Landing Configuration - Understanding The Aircraft


Part 6 - Touchdown Phase


Part 7 - Post Touchdown Ground Run


Part 8 - Three Point Landings Or Wheel On Landings?


Part 9 - Three Point Landings


Part 10 - Bounce Recovery


Part 11 - Cross Wind Landings


Part 11a - The Sharp End of the Wedge


Part 12 - Last Look Around



 For the full story, get your copy of the Tony Hayes TailDragger Training Manuals [here]