As a student at Taildusters, you’ll enjoy an excellent learning atmosphere and a staff committed to excellence in education. Continue reading to discover our programs, and get in touch with any questions.


Our Fleet

We own and operate a fully refurbished 1965 7GCAA Citabria. This well maintained aircraft is the pride and joy of Taildusters. 

-Two Place Tandem Configuration
-Wingspan: 33’6”/ Length: 22’1”
-Engine: 150hp Lycoming O-320 A2B 
-Cruise Speed: 125mph
-Fuel Capacity: 38gal 
-Fuel consumption: 9gph
-BEW: 1175lbs 
-MTOW: 1650lbs 
-Useful Load: 475lbs


Available Programs

In any of our professional programs, students will receive instruction and learn techniques from top industry experts. Take a look below at the programs available, and don’t hesitate to reach out with questions.


Tailwheel Endorsement

Are you ready to improve your stick and rudder skills? Tailwheel training will boost your confidence and make you a safer pilot. Come join us in the 7GCAA Citabria. Our ATP rated instructor, Jeremy Fackender, will will be happy to help. Feel free to reach out with any questions or to learn more.


Spin Training 

Whether you’re finishing up your CFI and you need a spin endorsement, or you just want to understand the spin a little better. We can put you in the spin cycle, and make you a safer, more confident pilot. 


Unusual Attitude and Upset Recovery 

This course will teach you how to get out of any situation. At Taildusters, we take safety very seriously. This course will guide you through multiple different scenarios, and give you the skills to safely bring your aircraft back to the ground. 


Basic Aerobatics 

Our GCAA Citabria is the perfect platform for an intro to aerobatics. Citabria spelled backwards is airbatiC! Whether you want to become an airshow pilot, compete in aerobatic competitions, or just try something new, this is the perfect place to start. Feel free to reach out with any questions or to learn more.


Discovery Flights 

Interested in aviation, but not sure it is right for you? Come join us for a scenic discovery flight. You will go up with our Airline Transport rated flight instructor over the beautiful Catawba Basin. Take control of an airplane for the first time and spread your wings. 


Mountain Flying Course and Banner Tow Endorsements 

Our mountain flying course will help prepare you for the rigorous challenges that mountain flying can produce. Whether you plan on moving out west or you want to take your family on a scenic flight over the Appalachian Trail. Mountain flying is filled with risks, and this course will help you mitigate those risks, making you a more confident pilot. 
Our Citabria is also equipped with a banner tow hook/release. Our instructor has many hours towing banners, and he can prepare you for the banner tow endorsement. This will help you land that time building job towing banners across the US. 

Get in touch to find out more or to begin your enrollment process.


Our Team

Guidance, Inspiration and Support


Jeremy Fackender


Jeremy has had a passion for aviation since he was a small child. He started flying in 2006, shortly after he landed a job as a certified flight instructor for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He graduated from Embry-Riddle in 2010 with a BS in Aeronautical Science. Since then he has had a diverse career from corporate, banner tow, aerial survey, chief instructor, the airlines, and Nascar. 


Shelby Fackender 


Shelby is one of our amazing owners. She is your go-to for scheduling, payments, and questions. Shelby works full time as a Drug Procurement Tech in the healthcare industry, and helping people is her passion.