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Forum: RV-6/6A 11-17-2017, 10:04 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,201
Posted By luddite42
Assuming you're qualified, go up in your RV at...

Assuming you're qualified, go up in your RV at altitude and replicate base to final turns at lower and lower airspeed and you'll see how hard you have to work and how out of whack you really have to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-06-2017, 03:59 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 9,828
Posted By luddite42
Nope, more like your AI and decision to use it....

Nope, more like your AI and decision to use it. Glad you didn't become a stat.
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-01-2017, 11:22 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 438
Posted By luddite42
If you haven't figured it out yet, pilots have...

If you haven't figured it out yet, pilots have all kinds of ideas about what's best and how they like to do things. There's nothing special about the RV-9. Lots of ways to get the job done. BTW,...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-01-2017, 11:15 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,733
Posted By luddite42
+1. Also never understood the desire to keep the...

+1. Also never understood the desire to keep the tail up as long as possible with full forward stick on wheel landings. Good reasons not to. Never understood the desire or need to jack the tail way...
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-31-2017, 05:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,733
Posted By luddite42
I've never made that standard practice and don't...

I've never made that standard practice and don't advocate it, but I guess we can beat that issue up in the OPs next thread. ;)
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-31-2017, 03:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,733
Posted By luddite42
I'd suggest feeling what the airplane wants to do...

I'd suggest feeling what the airplane wants to do rather than being "mechanical" with the inputs. You will get a feel for when the tail will naturally come up with just a touch of forward stick....
Forum: RV-14 10-23-2017, 10:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,978
Posted By luddite42
G meters have three needles - real time, max +G...

G meters have three needles - real time, max +G recording, and max -G recording. It's not a matter of "where it starts". Zero is just one of the values in between the positive and negative numbers....
Forum: RV-14 10-22-2017, 01:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,978
Posted By luddite42
You can do a loop at whatever G will get you over...

You can do a loop at whatever G will get you over the top without whip stalling. Not much of a loop, but unless you're attempting to do actually do them round, then they are just varying degrees of a...
Forum: RV-12 10-16-2017, 10:34 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,940
Posted By luddite42
Right - I don't think either of us meant to imply...

Right - I don't think either of us meant to imply anything inferior, just the observation that slip effectiveness of the -12 is on the low end of the spectrum when considering all types out there....
Forum: RV-12 10-15-2017, 10:25 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,940
Posted By luddite42
Ha Eddie - I was waiting for the responses to...

Ha Eddie - I was waiting for the responses to your slip comment. :) But you are absolutely right if you're accustomed to aircraft that slip much more effectively. It's all relative. They are...
Forum: RV-14 09-21-2017, 08:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,993
Posted By luddite42
Not sure if you have significant experience...

Not sure if you have significant experience flying negative G acro in many (or any) aircraft, but if you did, I think you'd realize these potential "inverted flight characteristics" are way overblown...
Forum: RV-14 09-20-2017, 09:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,993
Posted By luddite42
No RV is anywhere close to the "best" aerobatic...

No RV is anywhere close to the "best" aerobatic platform, and I'd definitely be willing to bet that the -14 will serve any RV acro pilot just as well as any of the others. Why speculate that it "may...
Forum: RV-14 09-20-2017, 10:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,993
Posted By luddite42
Did Vans ever do full testing on the other RV...

Did Vans ever do full testing on the other RV models? Don't recall seeing Van ever publish flight test info on all the inverted spin modes for the 3/4/6/7/8. I know he farmed out regular upright spin...
Forum: RV-14 09-20-2017, 09:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,993
Posted By luddite42
It may not cruise efficiently under negative G...

It may not cruise efficiently under negative G but that doesn't mean the airfoil will not work fine inverted for the brief periods of negative G that RV pilots will ever do. What do you mean by "work...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-15-2017, 12:27 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,862
Posted By luddite42
People seem to like to repeat this. I don't know...

People seem to like to repeat this. I don't know what you mean by "difficult", but there's a reason nose gear was originally marketed as "land-o-matic" and is now standard issue on most airplanes....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2017, 09:27 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,232
Posted By luddite42
According to the video you posted, if you were...

According to the video you posted, if you were using the center of the turn off, then you landed short and DQ'd yourself from the STOL contest. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2017, 02:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,232
Posted By luddite42
The OP was really talking ground roll. Those who...

The OP was really talking ground roll. Those who say they can land their RV in 350' will not actually post near this number if they competed in a short landing contest where runway left behind is...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-26-2017, 10:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,031
Posted By luddite42
The wind may have been a slight factor, but I...

The wind may have been a slight factor, but I think the above is what actually sums it up. A Pitts at full power generates a lot of prop wash over a powerful rudder. Would take a helluva quartering...
Forum: Safety 07-23-2017, 12:15 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,817
Posted By luddite42
Ah...must be all those Stearman guys causing the...

Ah...must be all those Stearman guys causing the low pass accidents. ;)
Forum: Safety 07-21-2017, 09:32 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,817
Posted By luddite42
So I pulled all the fatal E/AB accidents from the...

So I pulled all the fatal E/AB accidents from the last 5 years - E/AB only because you don't typically see Cessna/Cherokee pilots do low passes ending w/ sharp maneuvering. There was exactly one...
Forum: Safety 07-20-2017, 04:32 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,817
Posted By luddite42
Nope, just what tends to happen when a topic has...

Nope, just what tends to happen when a topic has run its course. You're free to continue to expound on low passes and safety if you like.
Forum: Safety 07-20-2017, 02:18 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,817
Posted By luddite42
91.119(c) Trees falling in forests comes to mind...

91.119(c)

Trees falling in forests comes to mind with what you are saying. And it's pretty hard to perform any flight that could not be construed as violating an FAR at some point if some Fed wants...
Forum: Safety 07-20-2017, 02:09 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,817
Posted By luddite42
Not quite. Many airports are definitely in...

Not quite. Many airports are definitely in "sparsely populated areas" at which point the requirement becomes not 500' AGL, but simply remaining 500' in any direction from persons, vessels, vehicles,...
Forum: Safety 07-19-2017, 12:48 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,817
Posted By luddite42
Anyone have actual accident statistics related to...

Anyone have actual accident statistics related to low passes performed at fly-ins? I see many threats to the viability of sport aviation in the future. I think I differ from most here regarding how I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-14-2017, 06:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,125
Posted By luddite42
Nobody's doing free instruction in a Pitts 12...

Nobody's doing free instruction in a Pitts 12 that burns 40 GPH at full power, Experimental certification notwithstanding.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-27-2017, 10:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,730
Posted By luddite42
There is no such thing, in absolute terms. I'm...

There is no such thing, in absolute terms. I'm unclear on your concern given your statement about not doing acro with a passenger when operating above aerobatic gross. Why are you trying to nail down...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-24-2017, 11:49 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,361
Posted By luddite42
I don't know about trike RVs, but many light,...

I don't know about trike RVs, but many light, long wing tailwheel airplanes are well-served by using enough aileron to lift one wheel slightly in strong x-winds in order to prevent side load or...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-19-2017, 08:05 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 42,138
Posted By luddite42
I gotcha. That may be one author's opinion, but...

I gotcha. That may be one author's opinion, but in general the idea that one method of landing is safer than the other is really not up for debate among experienced tailwheel pilots. It's purely...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-19-2017, 01:37 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 42,138
Posted By luddite42
They are not generally all around safer in the...

They are not generally all around safer in the least bit. I think you are the only one here who proposed that. :) But lots of pilots are biased one way or the other. Nothing wrong with having a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-14-2017, 09:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,436
Posted By luddite42
Unless you saw 8 or 9 G's on the meter, I...

Unless you saw 8 or 9 G's on the meter, I wouldn't worry about "too much G force". I'd bet you didn't even hit 5. An accelerated stall never hurt anything. Oil canning most likely as others have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-04-2017, 08:11 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,923
Posted By luddite42
Less than that. With a carb it's pretty much...

Less than that. With a carb it's pretty much instantaneous upon hitting negative G.
Forum: Safety 02-04-2017, 05:06 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,479
Posted By luddite42
I get that, totally....just not calling the FAA...

I get that, totally....just not calling the FAA and **** like that over this. Discussion was had in person.
Forum: RV-14 02-04-2017, 04:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,709
Posted By luddite42
If this post was intended to inform those who...

If this post was intended to inform those who have never thought about, learned about, or attempted hand propping of the fact that hand propping is indeed possible, then a very strong dose of caution...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-27-2017, 05:12 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 8,802
Posted By luddite42
If you like to land flat like that, realize the...

If you like to land flat like that, realize the nosegear is holding you back....sorry. :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-10-2017, 07:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,111
Posted By luddite42
I think, like most, you're a product of your...

I think, like most, you're a product of your training and experience. Those who were taught the "modern" stabilized approach way of flying feel anything more than 2-3 degrees is a steep approach....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-10-2017, 12:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,111
Posted By luddite42
Don't get too hung up on the numbers. Stall...

Don't get too hung up on the numbers. Stall speeds vary among different -4's, and there's also variation among different aircraft in pitot/static ASI setups affecting the reading. Your 80 mph might...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-09-2017, 07:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,111
Posted By luddite42
That's about 8KT faster than necessary if you're...

That's about 8KT faster than necessary if you're flying a shallow VASI approach in an RV-4. I'd suggest forgetting the concept of a VASI altogether for day VFR flying. It's a useless distraction...
Forum: Safety 01-08-2017, 05:25 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 10,077
Posted By luddite42
There is very little gyroscopic precession...

There is very little gyroscopic precession associated with an idling prop - even a metal one. With a wood/composite prop, it's practically non-existent at idle. But in theory, a left spin would be...
Forum: Safety 01-06-2017, 09:23 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 10,077
Posted By luddite42
I only know of two reasons - one...that you are...

I only know of two reasons - one...that you are running a wood/composite prop and your idle setting is too low for the lack of relative wind through the prop to keep the prop windmilling. During a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-20-2016, 01:19 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 15,730
Posted By luddite42
Disagree. Flaps up increases potential float...

Disagree. Flaps up increases potential float because it lessens deceleration in ground effect due to reduced drag.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-12-2016, 04:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,676
Posted By luddite42
Wow...1000-1500. Looks like everybody's doing it...

Wow...1000-1500. Looks like everybody's doing it wrong. ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-03-2016, 04:59 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 14,812
Posted By luddite42
Your burst his "backcountry aircraft" bubble. He...

Your burst his "backcountry aircraft" bubble. He probably couldn't land his 180 anywhere shorter than Johnson Creek.
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-20-2016, 10:31 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,425
Posted By luddite42
Sure they do - it's just a matter of comfort...

Sure they do - it's just a matter of comfort level. Some pilots are actually uncomfortable with the descent rate of a 172 power off. A short wing RV w/ full flaps, power off and a CS prop comes down...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-19-2016, 08:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,425
Posted By luddite42
No power works just fine too - even with full...

No power works just fine too - even with full flaps and a CS prop. These airplanes aren't jets. Flying a powered approach and going to idle before touchdown destabilizes the airplane and adds an...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-19-2016, 03:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,425
Posted By luddite42
Yep, any CFI with signficant RV experience is...

Yep, any CFI with signficant RV experience is qualified to shepherd a new RV pilot through their initial landings. Folks shouldn't get too carried away with reverence for "certified" RV instructors....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2016, 11:04 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 14,808
Posted By luddite42
I don't know about the RV-8 but in other RVs you...

I don't know about the RV-8 but in other RVs you can hold the tail up so long with elevator that the rudder has very little authority by the time the tail quits flying with full forward stick. Does...
Forum: Safety 08-22-2016, 09:43 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 10,077
Posted By luddite42
OP, you're not going to find broad experience...

OP, you're not going to find broad experience among the RV community with the emergency recovery techniques you show in your video - especially in the RV-6. Few RV pilots are tuned into emergency...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-17-2016, 04:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,482
Posted By luddite42
That you cannot necessarily expect to limit the G...

That you cannot necessarily expect to limit the G to a certain number in a training environment. Once you have some skills, you can do all the basic maneuvers at no more than 3.5G all day long, but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-29-2016, 08:17 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 9,195
Posted By luddite42
Stranded by an alternator?

Stranded by an alternator?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-19-2016, 10:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,810
Posted By luddite42
I onced fixed a weak starting issue by replacing...

I onced fixed a weak starting issue by replacing the engine to airframe ground strap.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 05-25-2016, 04:07 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 23,720
Posted By luddite42
Since nobody can explain how steady state wind...

Since nobody can explain how steady state wind causes wind shear effect on turning aircraft, I think we may have to drop this one. The mark of a true grasp on any issue is the ability to clearly...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 05-24-2016, 04:59 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 23,720
Posted By luddite42
J Mac! The deified aviation authority hisself....

J Mac! The deified aviation authority hisself. LOL. And read the comments to his article....which fails to mention exactly how an aircraft's intertial frame of reference can possibly be the ground...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 05-23-2016, 09:43 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 23,720
Posted By luddite42
You keep mentioning wind shear, which is a sudden...

You keep mentioning wind shear, which is a sudden change in wind direction/speed. I don't know of anyone who disputes wind shear effects on airplanes. We are talking steady state wind.

And BTW,...
Forum: Safety 05-20-2016, 04:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,530
Posted By luddite42
Your CS prop has more effect on descent rate than...

Your CS prop has more effect on descent rate than a slip in the -4.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 05-19-2016, 01:15 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 23,720
Posted By luddite42
:)........

:)........
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 05-19-2016, 12:53 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 23,720
Posted By luddite42
Silly 'mericans. :D

Silly 'mericans. :D
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 05-19-2016, 12:18 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 23,720
Posted By luddite42
I politely ask the aero engineers here to provide...

I politely ask the aero engineers here to provide an aerodynamic explanation of how an aircraft flying in steady state geothermal wind can lose airspeed based solely on which way the wind happens to...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 05-19-2016, 09:13 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 23,720
Posted By luddite42
If you instantaneously rotate the airplane 180...

If you instantaneously rotate the airplane 180 degrees you will instantaneously have the same 100KTS of airspeed on the tail, and the airplane will flip *** over tea kettle. I don't understand how...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 05-19-2016, 06:24 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 23,720
Posted By luddite42
Correct. I shouldn't have even mentioned ground...

Correct. I shouldn't have even mentioned ground reference maneuvers- just the 360's at a constant bank. There is no loss of airspeed each time you come to the downwind transition.



Due to the...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 05-18-2016, 08:21 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 23,720
Posted By luddite42
No- this is basic airspeed vs ground speed stuff....

No- this is basic airspeed vs ground speed stuff. By your logic flying continuous 360 degree turns would cause airspeed loss every time the airplane turned downwind. It doesn't happen. All student...
Forum: Safety 05-18-2016, 04:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,530
Posted By luddite42
I've never been able to spin an RV from a full...

I've never been able to spin an RV from a full deflection slip if you ease the stick all the way back. If you yank the stick sharply from high speed, you could snap/spin, but if you just simulate...
Forum: Safety 05-18-2016, 02:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,530
Posted By luddite42
Nah, the short wing models aren't much...

Nah, the short wing models aren't much better...at least if you're accustomed to slipping antique/classic/aerobatic airplanes with lots of drag and powerful rudders. RVs are somewhat rudder limited...
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