The airfield Straubing-Wallmühe is the home of the
Tailwheel Academy. Founded in the 1960s by the people of Straubing who were enthusiastic about flying, today it is THE aeronautical location in Eastern Bavaria and one of the most well equipped landing sites in Bavaria.
Dominik made his first flying experiences in gliders in and around the city of Straubing in Germany. Then he obtained his licence for powered aircraft. He had both licenses under his belt even before he was allowed to drive a car. His professional training as a commercial pilot, in which he gained experience on various other aircraft types and continents, started in 2010 and ended in 2014. In that year, Dominik also successfully completed his training as a flight instructor. Today, his logbook states more than 500 hours as a flight instructor and 5000 hours in total flight time. He has been fascinated by tailwheel flying for some time now. In addition to his duties at the Tailwheel Academy, Dominik flies professionally for a major German airline.
Michael started in 2001 as a flight student on the glider ASK13. Early on he gained flight experience at the airfield Straubing-Wallmühle. When he started flying with an engine in 2005, his professional career became apparent. Since the age of 23, he has been working in the “office” with the best view – a commercial aircraft of a large German airline. Only after 7000 flying hours Michael came to enjoy tailwheel flying. Now he is all the more pleased that he can combine his work as a flight instructor with this classic form of flying. With the Champs TWA, he also wants to give other people the opportunity to fulfil their dream of tailwheel flying.
Miro has lived flying both professionally and in private since he started gliding at our airfield in his youth. He holds both European and American commercial pilot licenses and instructor licenses, including the “FAA Gold Seal Instructor” certificate. Anything that Miro can fly, he can teach as a flight instructor: from gliders and ultralights to four-engine long-range jet aircraft. He has accumulated more than 27,000 flying hours all over the world in 300 different aircraft types, including many vintage spur-wheel aircraft – and over 10,000 as a flight instructor. Miro has extensive experience as an examiner and training manager for US and German flight schools and as a project and acceptance test pilot for simulators. He is internationally recognized as an aviation training expert. For more than 25 years he has owned vintage aircraft, such as his rare Monocoupe 90A with a Lambert radial engine. Miro is a captain for a German airline and lives with his family and a dog near the airfield in Straubing.
Born practically at the airfield, Gabriel spent his entire childhood with airplanes and his career could be predicted easily. He started gliding at the age of 13 and has since acquired an increasing number of licenses and permits. Although in his childhood he dreamed of following in his father’s footsteps and becoming an airline pilot, he decided to dedicate his career to classic aircraft. He completed his private pilot licence on a 1947 Cessna 140. After this experience, everything with Gabriel revolved around vintage aircraft and warbirds, both professionally and privately. In the meantime he has flown more than 100 different aircraft, from self-built ones to multi-engine bombers. He is a flight instructor for almost all of these types of aircraft. When not training pilots, Gabriel presents airplanes at airshows in Europe and inspires the next generation
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