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Forum: RV-14 02-05-2020, 11:40 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,186
Posted By luddite42
Yes but predominantly only in one direction....

Yes but predominantly only in one direction. Adding power definitely flattens left rudder upright spins and right rudder inverted spins with clockwise turning props, but may have the opposite effect...
Forum: RV-14 02-01-2020, 09:46 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,186
Posted By luddite42
Interesting - I had a J-3 at one point and spun...

Interesting - I had a J-3 at one point and spun it a bunch. It always popped out of a spin nearly instantly just by neutralizing the stick and rudder. Keeping the stick full aft definitely did not...
Forum: RV-14 01-31-2020, 08:20 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,186
Posted By luddite42
Gotcha - Not trying to step into your T-37 world...

Gotcha - Not trying to step into your T-37 world which I have zero experience with, but you didn't make it clear that your additional comments were limited this context only. I was just trying to...
Forum: RV-14 01-31-2020, 06:33 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,186
Posted By luddite42
What kind of airplane were you flying? I've never...

What kind of airplane were you flying? I've never flown an aerobatic airplane that would crossover from inverted to upright from idle power with the ailerons and rudder held neutral while applying...
Forum: RV-14 01-31-2020, 03:48 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,186
Posted By luddite42
Cool, in aerobatic piston planes this can produce...

Cool, in aerobatic piston planes this can produce a fun ride (crossover spin) which has actually killed a number of pilots who did not recognize that they transitioned to an inverted spin and what...
Forum: RV-14 01-31-2020, 06:41 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,186
Posted By luddite42
Are you suggesting he should not move the stick...

Are you suggesting he should not move the stick forward to around neutral as part of spin recovery? Holding the stick full aft and waiting for the spin to stop with rudder only before unloading the...
Forum: RV-14 01-31-2020, 03:14 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,186
Posted By luddite42
When you say “letting go of the controls” do you...

When you say “letting go of the controls” do you mean let go of the stick AND rudder? There are generally only three recognized spin recovery methods- PARE (universal), Beggs-Meuller, and all...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 01-05-2020, 07:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 421
Posted By luddite42
Forget the header tank. They are used in certain...

Forget the header tank. They are used in certain aerobatic planes to ensure fuel delivery at low fuel quantities as are often preferable when flying acro displays/airshows/competition sequences....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-23-2019, 01:42 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,311
Posted By luddite42
No, not really

No, not really
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-23-2019, 01:00 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,311
Posted By luddite42
Several posts here miss the point. Itís just to...

Several posts here miss the point. Itís just to understand the characteristics of the airplane and not fear the unknown.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-22-2019, 10:00 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,311
Posted By luddite42
You misunderstand, again. I was referring to the...

You misunderstand, again. I was referring to the fact that the only easy way to spin out of a slip in the Pitts is to neutralize the aileron before youíve removed the rudder, which turns the slip...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-19-2019, 12:37 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,311
Posted By luddite42
Why? They were doing this deliberately at...

Why? They were doing this deliberately at altitude to observe the behavior of the slip as AOA is increased up to potentially full aft elevator. Most airplanes are quite stall/spin resistant in a full...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2019, 02:31 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,311
Posted By luddite42
These threads typically go this way...they slip...

These threads typically go this way...they slip great, they don't slip great. It generally depends on your experience and what you're comparing the RV to. Compared to an Ercoupe, RVs slip great. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2019, 08:49 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,311
Posted By luddite42
This must have occurred long ago in a land far...

This must have occurred long ago in a land far away. ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2019, 08:16 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,311
Posted By luddite42
RVs just don't have the drag and large side area...

RVs just don't have the drag and large side area to exploit in a slip compared to rag and tube planes. RVs also run out of rudder well before the aileron in a slip. Slips help some, but the effect is...
Forum: RV-3 12-01-2019, 09:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,161
Posted By luddite42
I have 1,321 landings in an RV-3 and it gives...

I have 1,321 landings in an RV-3 and it gives airspeed feedback thru the stick like any other airplane, and 3-pointed and wheel landed with equal ease. OP, these are all matters of preference, and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-07-2019, 06:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,329
Posted By luddite42
Being a CFI is totally irrelevant on the subject...

Being a CFI is totally irrelevant on the subject of transition training to new aircraft types.
Forum: RV-14 08-08-2019, 11:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,248
Posted By luddite42
Of course you are... the ego stroke of airshows...

Of course you are... the ego stroke of airshows is way better than the ego bruising of competition. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-04-2019, 03:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 743
Posted By luddite42
RVers wanting to get into acro need to be clear...

RVers wanting to get into acro need to be clear that RV-specific acro instruction is neither required, nor a great option for a number of reasons. Look for a basic acro trainer like a Decathlon. OP,...
Forum: RV-4 08-01-2019, 09:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,195
Posted By luddite42
I get that you're simply stating your preference...

I get that you're simply stating your preference for lazy acro, but the +4.5G and (momentary) -1G required to fly lower category IAC sequences are not remotely "abusive" to the RV airframe. Myths...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 06-17-2019, 10:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,274
Posted By luddite42
A Pitts can achieve a 600' ground roll. Don't...

A Pitts can achieve a 600' ground roll. Don't touch down so flat. ;):)
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-19-2019, 08:36 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,217
Posted By luddite42
How much tailwheel instructing have you done?

How much tailwheel instructing have you done?
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-19-2019, 04:44 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,217
Posted By luddite42
This is your opinion, and one inconsistent with...

This is your opinion, and one inconsistent with how successful the 6 and 7 have been at training all RV pilots. You're inventing a problem that doesn't exist. If you can train in an 8 with dual...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-19-2019, 04:04 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,217
Posted By luddite42
Totally agree, and you could substitute RV-8 with...

Totally agree, and you could substitute RV-8 with J-3 Cub here for the same effect. A Cub at my airport was ground looped by two different military transport pilots. Different worlds.
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-19-2019, 03:26 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,217
Posted By luddite42
I disagree, tons of RV-8 pilots have checked out...

I disagree, tons of RV-8 pilots have checked out in a side-by-side RV. The well-known RV transition instructors would confirm the success rate in using a 6 or 7 for any RV checkout. You must...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-09-2019, 06:32 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,147
Posted By luddite42
CS prop is definitely not an improvement on any...

CS prop is definitely not an improvement on any airplane. Depends on the airplane and weight. CS props are heavy. The bigger the plane, the less weight penalty there is. Airplanes toward the light...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-08-2019, 12:59 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,172
Posted By luddite42
Well...if we are to correlate the GPS speed with...

Well...if we are to correlate the GPS speed with airspeed, the approach in that video ranged from 100KT in the beginning to 85KT before the round out. Is that "stable"? Not really. Do I think it's a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2019, 04:32 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 16,297
Posted By luddite42
FYI the military has a little more pull than...

FYI the military has a little more pull than little recreational IAC meet ups. ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2019, 08:02 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 16,297
Posted By luddite42
First of all, Vans publishes info on this, and...

First of all, Vans publishes info on this, and secondly after you get training you will see that exact entry speeds are not very important. I'm glad you recognize the value in training. The...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2019, 11:15 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 16,297
Posted By luddite42
You make it sound like that's a bad option when...

You make it sound like that's a bad option when it's really a good option. RV pilots new to acro seem to think they really need to do acro training in an RV. You really don't. Acro is acro and the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-19-2019, 09:34 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 16,297
Posted By luddite42
More RV pilots need to realize that obtaining...

More RV pilots need to realize that obtaining acro training in their RV is really not necessary. Learn the basics in a Decathlon and you will be good to go on our own to practice what you learned...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-18-2019, 09:35 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 16,297
Posted By luddite42
I guess there are two types of folks- those that...

I guess there are two types of folks- those that your statement characterizes, and those who take the opposite view...that any quest in life is worth the study and effort which opens one's eyes to...
Forum: Safety 02-17-2019, 10:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,591
Posted By luddite42
#1 is a quintessential VAF post.

#1 is a quintessential VAF post.
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-04-2018, 12:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,911
Posted By luddite42
The only rules regarding spins in RVs are...

The only rules regarding spins in RVs are whatever your ops limits state. Unless you fly an RV-10, a DAR won't limit spins in an RV. Otherwise, you select Phase I test maneuvers as you see fit,...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-30-2018, 06:13 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,911
Posted By luddite42
RV acro is not special. Just get some training in...

RV acro is not special. Just get some training in a Decathlon and understand the RV is cleaner.
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-29-2018, 11:53 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,911
Posted By luddite42
After some basic aerobatic training, your...

After some basic aerobatic training, your question will be self-evident even if you did not train in an RV.
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-20-2018, 10:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,020
Posted By luddite42
Every time the Citabria comparision comes up...

Every time the Citabria comparision comes up here, folks say the RV is "much" easier - which I don't understand. I think lots of folks compare their few hours of initial tailwheel endorsement...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-04-2018, 08:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,621
Posted By luddite42
You really do not need a big push on the stick....

You really do not need a big push on the stick. One inch is all you need. Quick timing without delay as the wheels touch is the real key - not pushing more. If you pull off a real grease job you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-04-2018, 04:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,621
Posted By luddite42
There are no secrets that don't apply to any...

There are no secrets that don't apply to any other tailwheel airplane - just practice. Those 29" Bushwheels produced so much wheel drag on touchdown that they caused a forward pitching moment that...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-05-2018, 11:13 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,006
Posted By luddite42
Doesn't your Pitts have spring gear? If so, I...

Doesn't your Pitts have spring gear? If so, I agree you need an RV-8 to finally have a real man's airplane. :D
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-03-2018, 10:39 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,006
Posted By luddite42
You fellas outside the US apparently never got...

You fellas outside the US apparently never got the memo that the 8 was squirrelly and hard to land. Heck I've even seen non 'murican RV-8 pilots three point the thing solo. :eek:
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-19-2018, 01:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,479
Posted By luddite42
Nah, adding power only raises the nose when...

Nah, adding power only raises the nose when spinning left. Spinning right, it's a nose down effect. In any case, flattening the spin reduces the roll component of the spin and increases the yaw...
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-11-2018, 12:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,550
Posted By luddite42
Soft field issues are mostly academic, since they...

Soft field issues are mostly academic, since they are part of the PTS, but in reality keep in mind that if a field is so soggy that soft field techniques are really needed, that you're likely leaving...
Forum: Safety 06-11-2018, 12:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,922
Posted By luddite42
Any discussion is good of course, but I think...

Any discussion is good of course, but I think this talk of mental calculations, corner velocity, L/D max, etc. overcomplicates and muddies the waters on how pilots are supposed to use Va in a...
Forum: Safety 06-08-2018, 07:55 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,922
Posted By luddite42
Maybe I should clarify - I agree all pilots...

Maybe I should clarify - I agree all pilots should know and respect Va and not fully deflect anything above that speed. I'm just saying the realities of learning and flying aerobatics leave Va with...
Forum: Safety 06-07-2018, 04:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,922
Posted By luddite42
It's interesting how complicated the RV community...

It's interesting how complicated the RV community often makes issues that don't otherwise exist in the general flying community. :) No aerobatic pilot I've ever known, including myself, looks at...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-25-2018, 09:52 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,157
Posted By luddite42
This is piloting 101 though and nothing special...

This is piloting 101 though and nothing special about an RV here. It's no less forgiving than anything else except maybe an Ercoupe.

Super D is an OK tailwheel trainer - approach and landing speeds...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-15-2018, 09:56 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 11,728
Posted By luddite42
But if you're doing so much pedal pumping in a...

But if you're doing so much pedal pumping in a Citabria that would get you in trouble in an RV-8, you're doing it wrong. ;):)
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-01-2018, 09:21 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,044
Posted By luddite42
Surely you are not suggesting the RV structure,...

Surely you are not suggesting the RV structure, designed for aerobatics, has questionable ability to be repeatedly subjected to spins. Is your only aerobatic/spin/upset experience the limited...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-01-2018, 08:17 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,044
Posted By luddite42
You are missing the point. Those pilots with a...

You are missing the point. Those pilots with a high level of awareness, knowledge, practical experience, comfort, and skill within the FULL range of the envelope are the ones who are diminishing...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-30-2018, 10:42 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,044
Posted By luddite42
Actually, according to the visible altimeter it...

Actually, according to the visible altimeter it was 600', and he could have recovered in under 500' if he'd actually allowed the airplane to snap around to one full turn before pulling out, rather...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-25-2018, 10:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,825
Posted By luddite42
Because the tandem and side-by-side models appeal...

Because the tandem and side-by-side models appeal to different types of pilots. Those who prefer tandem centerline seating are much more likely to come from a tailwheel background, since there are...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-12-2018, 10:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,287
Posted By luddite42
You RV guys are spoiled. Vis from the back of an...

You RV guys are spoiled. Vis from the back of an RV-8 is still better than any seat in a Pitts. :)
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-23-2018, 09:20 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 11,728
Posted By luddite42
Can't say there's not a bit of a culture bubble...

Can't say there's not a bit of a culture bubble on this site.
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-21-2018, 10:52 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 11,728
Posted By luddite42
Exactly - same as a Pitts with a CS prop and...

Exactly - same as a Pitts with a CS prop and those guys who drop them in from a steep slip at idle power. If a Pitts can do it, the RV sure as heck can too. This is all individual preference and...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-21-2018, 10:31 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 11,728
Posted By luddite42
Hope nobody here is making you think the RV-8 is...

Hope nobody here is making you think the RV-8 is a beast to handle. It's a pussy cat just like the Champ. It's a basic and straightforward tailwheel airplane, and all the tailwheel skills you learned...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-22-2018, 10:20 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,675
Posted By luddite42
Seems counterintuitive but using full rudder...

Seems counterintuitive but using full rudder deflection in a slip makes it more resistant to snapping out of a slipped stall than partial rudder. Full rudder yaw produces some elevator blanking and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-21-2018, 01:10 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,675
Posted By luddite42
RVs slip better than Ercoupes and Long...

RVs slip better than Ercoupes and Long EZs
Cherokee 180s slip better than RVs
Citabrias/Decathlons slip better than Cherokees
Stearmans and J-3s slip better than Citabrias
Pittsí slip better than...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-21-2018, 08:25 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,675
Posted By luddite42
No. He made a blanket statement that basically...

No. He made a blanket statement that basically said if you donít think an RV slips well then youíre doing it wrong. That general thinking is wrong. I simply gave a qualified example for WHEN that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-21-2018, 08:03 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,675
Posted By luddite42
Simulate a landing configuration slip- power off,...

Simulate a landing configuration slip- power off, full flap, rudder to the floor, full aileron, 1.3Vso and start easing the stick back. Like so many other airplanes, the RV will end up with the stick...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-21-2018, 07:52 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,675
Posted By luddite42
Your thinking is wrong. Some folks donít do it...

Your thinking is wrong. Some folks donít do it right and tack on extra speed which defeats the purpose of slipping but others simply have experience in other aircraft types that really do make the RV...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-12-2018, 09:57 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,822
Posted By luddite42
Quartering TW or no, the pilot sat there rolling...

Quartering TW or no, the pilot sat there rolling 3-point with the elevator completely neutral and didn't apply aft stick until after the "fatal" swerve left. Improper technique to begin with could...
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