Flying an open-cockpit biplane is one of the most rewarding, exhilarating experiences available to pilots to this day. It can provide a new goal for the private pilot after the initial thrill of getting a licence, and presents a perfect opportunity for mature, professional pilots to go ‘back to the roots’ of flying.
A first step may be to acquire a tailwheel rating on a ‘normal’ aeroplane such as a Piper Cub. A number of Flying schools offer tailwheel conversions. Next step can be a type rating on the Tiger Moth.
The following Flying Schools and aeroclubs offer tailwheel conversions and Tiger Moth ratings:
Croydon Aircraft Company
Based in Mandeville, Southland, Croydon Aircraft Ltd. restores aeroplanes, and teaches you to fly them.
Classic Flights Wanaka
Peter Hendriks offers sightseeing flights in their Tiger Moth, type ratings on Tiger Moth and other vintage aeroplanes, and Full Flight training on Tiger Moth from scratch!
Central Hawkes Bay Aeroclub
Based Waipukurau, the CHB Aeroclub operates Tiger Moth BEF.