To Fly the Hurricane the pilot must prove mastery of light tail wheel aircraft and also the heavier tail wheel aircraft such as the T6 Harvard. A good overall experience level to fly the Hurricane would be a pilot with around 1000 hours of total time with at least 500 of those hours on tail wheel aircraft such as the Chipmunk, Pitts Special, Auster or Cub and a further 100 hours on the T6 Harvard
The conversion course on to the T6 Harvard from the lighter tail wheel aircraft may seem a little daunting at first however with the correct training this conversion can be done in around 5 – 15 hours depending on the pilots experience, aptitude and skill. Then once solo its time to really start learning!
The T-6 Harvard conversion prepares pilots of all experience levels to act as PIC of the T-6 Harvard or any of its many variants. The course covers the following disciplines :
Normal and emergency procedures
Three point landings
Unusual attitude recoveries
If you are interested in a conversion course to the Harvard please download the below manual, just to wet your appetite for free!
The length of the course – Varies depending on pilot experience but generally ranges from 5 – 15 hours. Students beginning the course should have a tail wheel endorsement in their log book. If they do not, a tail wheel conversion will be completed in the Chipmunk, or similar tail wheel aircraft prior to beginning training in the T-6 Harvard. Harvard conversions will normally be carried out on G-BJST “The Wacky Wabbit”. Cost– The conversion course costs £650 per hour wet plus VAT
Advanced training– Whether you are looking for a full T-6 checkout or recurrent training, you will walk away with a thoroughunderstanding of the aircraft and the confidence, proficiency and respect that the T-6 Harvard demands. Our experienced warbird instructors can also offer transition programs for those wishing to advance further on to high performance WWII fighter aircraft. We will tailor the training package to suit your individual background and experience level, making the step to the bigger fighter aircraft an enjoyable, safe and educational experience.
Meet the instructors– You can be assured of expert tuition from our instructors who between them have over 60,000 flying hours! T6 Harvard Aviation instructors have many hours instructing specifically on the Harvard and guarantee excellent, safe instruction passing on years of knowledge and experience.
Glen Fricker – Instructor Neil Oakman – Instructor Examiner
Mike Cuming – Instructor Brian Jones – Instructor
Andy Goodall – CRI
Make the transition – “Most pilots dream of flying a warbird, that dream can become a reality with T6 Harvard Aviation”. After many years of flying GA aircraft, I made the transition from ‘nose draggers’ to ‘tail draggers’ (traditional landing gear) and never looked back”! Having completed my tail wheel differences training I made the leap to the magnificent Harvard. T6 Harvard Aviation allowed me to solo, then continued to mentor me until i qualified as a Harvard display pilot (DA). I can highly recommend an experience flight, a short differences course or a full conversion on to this Advanced Fighter Trainer for any pilot wishing to broaden there horizons. As you climb in to this military machine you will be stepping back in time to the late 1930’s early 40’s when pilots received advanced training on this aircraft before flying a fighter in combat weeks later – (Andy Goodall Harvard Display Pilot and Class Rating Instructor)
Peter Kirkpatrick makes the conversion to the T6 Harvard
Peter is a leading UK Neurosurgeon who has many hours flying the amazing Pitts Special in some very unusual attitudes! Before Peter takes to the skies in his very own Hurricane, he is getting comfortable in the “beefier” T6 Harvard. The T6 Harvard is of course excellent preparation for the WW2 fighters, such as the Hurricane Spitfire and the P51 Mustang.