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Old 12-02-2019, 06:02 AM
swjohnsey swjohnsey is offline
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Location: Kingsville, TX
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I went from a Citabria to a RV-3 and then to a RV-4. I have better results with wheel landings.
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Old 03-09-2020, 11:58 PM
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CAVU Mark CAVU Mark is offline
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Location: San Diego, CA
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Default Learned in a C170

Transitioned in a Champ in order to become accustom to not seeing the runway. Still bounce down the runway. Those springs they call landing gear are not for me. Someone buy my plane!

RV-3 restoring
Stearman - N2S-5 completed/flying
L3 building for San Diego Air and Space Museum
Misc. others...
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Old 03-10-2020, 11:04 AM
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Location: Bowdoinham
Posts: 180

Back in 2002, I got some RV transition training as I was finishing up my RV-8. I'd gotten some hours with Mike Seagar in the factory 6A, but had never flown in a tandem or tailwheel RV.

The guy I sweet-talked into taking me flying in his -8 was a crusty, retired Continental pilot who had flown everything from C-47s to 747s, and had a huge hanger filled with all kinds of airplanes.

"I'm not signing anything!" he growled, and I assured him that all I wanted to do was a series of stalls and landings, just to get the feel for it (from the back seat anyway).

"You're paying for the gas, right?" And after I assured him that I was good for it, we walked out to his -8.

"Do you want to know how much tailwheel time I have?" I asked.

He grunted as if he hadn't considered the question and raised an eyebrow as a affirmative.

"I've got about 600 hours in my '46 Aeronca Super Chief (11AC) with a 65 in it."

"!$&*(@$&*," he shouted, "That thing is the worst $*(@)$^ airplane ever $@^&^%! built. You won't any problem with an RV!" and he turned around to head back to his hangar.

"Uh, can we still go flying. I'd really like to, uh, you know..."

"You're still paying for the gas, right?"

That was eighteen years ago and I don't even know how many landings (good, bad, indifferent and one perfect one that nobody saw). I've flown (besides the 8) 4s, 6s, 7s and my neighbor Bill's 3. All are as honest as the day is long...

The biggest difference IMHO is between a fixed pitch vs a constant-speed'll need manage your airspeed more closely with a fixed the c/s unit allows one to 'cheat'.

BTW - I asked the guy who I flew with which airplane he had the most trouble with landing, and he surprised me by saying it was his C-150 tailwheel conversion...FWIW.
Nick "Hairball" Knobil
RV8 N80549 (First Flight 2003)
Aerosport O-360A1A, Dual LS CDIs, WW200C
Bowdoinham, Maine
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Old 03-11-2020, 09:38 AM
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nomocom nomocom is offline
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Location: Caldwell ID
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Default Transition?

I didn?t have RV time other than ground time imprinting the three point site picture. My first flight was a climb to altitude, a series of slow flight and stalls noting indicated air speeds and then to a forgiving long grass field for the first few landings. Instruction would be nice, but not required inmo if you do your homework and manage the risk factors.
1990 RV-3 (now apart, upgrades in the works)
1959 C172 O-360
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Old 03-15-2020, 06:43 AM
Chris Cooper Chris Cooper is offline
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Location: Aberdeen, UK
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I did 5 hrs in a Pitts S2A. I worked on the basis that if I could land that I would be fine in the 3. I have bounced a few but the real secret is speed control. Once you nail that it all gets a lot easier, I was coming over the fence about 10 kts too fast and she just wants to keep flying.
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RV14 - building
RV3A - bought
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