When I was doing tailwheel checkouts for our post-PPL students, we noticed that they had a hard time getting their feet going. That was because of Primacy: stuff first learned is the stuff most firmly embedded, and in most trikes you learn real quick that your feet aren't very important at all. Then you encounter the taildragger and you have to break a bunch of bad habits and start over again. Got to wake up your feet. I came up with a medical term for those trike-pilot feet: Somnopedosis. Means "sleepy feet."Right. Even if you only do the tailwheel training, you'll then be able to manage coordinated flight and even landings in trikes 'in your sleep'. [please note the quotes...]
Pretty much agree here. I should make a couple of notes though-That’s what the OP is up against. Yes taildragger or glider will make him a better pilot. No question.
Instruction and training has been an issue to get where he is at now. Even though it will be a big step forward in accomplishment to learn either tail or glider, I’m worried he might feel beat up again with training. It will feel like starting over. Now is a good time as long as he can take it with a grain of salt that he really is at day one again. I think getting the PPL first might be better for him.
Getting the accomplishment high of the license is in his best interest. Should he try the Citabria once? Sure, but with the understanding that he might should not take the full detour until later. Managing the confidence level is just as important as the flying. No need to throw a wrench in something working right now.
Great plan. While well intentioned, some suggestions detract from the task at hand which is meeting the minimum requirements for getting the certificate.I am planning on taking the Tailwheel and Unusual Attitude/Spin Recovery instruction probably after getting my PPL and not before.