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Forum: RV-8/8A 07-05-2018, 10:13 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,367
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, 09:39 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,367
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, 12:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,985
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, 11:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,067
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, 11:07 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,237
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, 06:55 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,237
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, 03:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,237
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, 08:52 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,990
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, 08:56 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,891
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, 08:21 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,213
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, 07:17 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,213
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, 09:42 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,213
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, 09:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,991
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, 09:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,748
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, 08:20 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,891
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, 09:52 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,891
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, 09:31 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,891
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, 09:20 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,656
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, 12:10 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,656
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, 07:25 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,656
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, 07:03 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,656
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, 06:52 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,656
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, 08:57 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,824
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...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-12-2018, 07:08 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,824
Posted By luddite42
Based on the popularity of the "pattern diagram"...

Based on the popularity of the "pattern diagram" threads, I'd say a good skill building exercise would be to get comfortable flying circuits with the Dynon off, and everything on the panel covered...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-11-2018, 12:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,530
Posted By luddite42
Arguing about whether an RV is easier than a...

Arguing about whether an RV is easier than a Citabria or vise versa is kinda like arguing about whether it's easier to hit the broad side of a barn with a baseball or a football. ;) We are splitting...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-09-2018, 04:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,530
Posted By luddite42
I don't relate to the comments that the RV is...

I don't relate to the comments that the RV is easier. IMO the Citabria is virtually the easiest most forgiving tailwheel airplane ever. You can land them with sinful slop that the airplane just...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-31-2017, 06:03 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 8,233
Posted By luddite42
I'm not sure the OP of that thread had a firm...

I'm not sure the OP of that thread had a firm understanding of exactly what happened or how he got there but it sounds a bit like the scenario I described of trying to hammer with too much airspeed...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-31-2017, 07:59 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 8,233
Posted By luddite42
Good illustration but you never got near a spin....

Good illustration but you never got near a spin. You got too slow before the kick and started torque rolling through the slide backward before it swapped ends. Once it flopped over there was no...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-30-2017, 11:46 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 8,233
Posted By luddite42
Minor point of clarification- it's not...

Minor point of clarification- it's not gyroscopics, but rather the spiraling slipstream that causes a left yaw that favors pivoting left, assuming your prop turns in the direction of a Lycoming....
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-28-2017, 02:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,884
Posted By luddite42
Sometimes there's not much you can do to avoid...

Sometimes there's not much you can do to avoid getting bounced into the air prematurely. No need to raise the tail high for takeoff, hold it tail low and accept what comes. Partial flap doesn't hurt....
Forum: RV-3 12-20-2017, 02:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,394
Posted By luddite42
Yeah you're not really doing your engine any...

Yeah you're not really doing your engine any favors by running only 2,300 RPM. They are designed to run at redline for the life of the motor. And like you say, the acro guys turn up way more than...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-17-2017, 09:04 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,417
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, 02:59 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 15,548
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, 10:22 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 613
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, 10:15 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,539
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, 04:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,539
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, 02:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,539
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, 09:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,640
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, 12:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,640
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, 09:34 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,479
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, 09:25 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,479
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, 07:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,912
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, 08:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,912
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, 09:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,912
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, 08:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,912
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 09-14-2017, 11:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,505
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, 08:27 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,852
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, 01:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,852
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, 09:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,509
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, 11:15 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,944
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, 08:32 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,944
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, 03:32 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,944
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, 01:18 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,944
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, 01:09 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,944
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, 11:48 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,944
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, 05:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,548
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, 09:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,323
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, 10:49 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,021
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, 07:05 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 51,013
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, 12:37 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 51,013
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, 08:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,906
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, 07:11 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,597
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.
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