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Old 08-21-2018, 05:19 PM
RianBuck RianBuck is offline
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Default Recommendation for Bruce Bohannon

After a long flying gap (35 yrs), I decided to venture into the world of flying, which included buying a RV-8. I received my tailwheel endorsement in a Super Decathalon on Aug 10, 2018. I immediately searched for an instructor who could facilitate my transition into an RV-8, but found only one instructor who was actually flying an RV-8. This happened to be Bruce Bohannon. I flew down to Houston on Monday and spent 3 consecutive days in very intense instruction. Bruce is an EXCEPTIONAL instructor. He effectively re-introduced me into REAL stick and rudder flying. From emergency landings (no warning) to aerobatics, to just learning how to really FLY the airplane, it was the most beneficial training I have ever received. Make no mistake, his instruction begins on the ground. I arrived on a Monday afternoon and he discussed flying for 3 hours. Never in a rush, he's ask me questions and get me to THINK, so that I would truly understand (vice just memorizing things). We'd fly for a couple of hours and then have lunch, during which we'd have rambling conversations, which always came back to what he was trying to tach me. Make no mistake about it ... when I made bonehead mistakes, he let me know ... but it was all about drumming things into this head full of mush and years and years of absence from flying. Bottom line is that I feel ready to fly (albeit using small, incremental steps) my own RV-8 and would absolutely recommend Bruce to anyone making a leap into an RV-8/8A.
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Old 08-21-2018, 09:13 PM
Yobo Yobo is offline
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What is contact info?
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Old 08-21-2018, 09:24 PM
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Default Bruce Bohannon - Contact Info

Bruce Bohannon - Contact Info

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Cell: 281-889-8078
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Old 08-21-2018, 10:17 PM
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I am very happy to read your review of Bruce's teaching ethos. You have totally vindicated my assessment of Bruce in a eloquent and precise way. He is one of the best teachers with a knack for explaining flight and piloting. I sat in on a ground discussion he gave my brother about tailwheel flying that blew me away and had me jealous that he hadn't been my original tailwheel instructor. I could have cut a hundred hours of gray hair producing flights had I heard this one pre-flight briefing. Let's face it. Learning conventional gear handling is like learning to ride a bicycle. Bruce is the guy who can explain how to ride a bike vs the traditional way of someone merely pushing you around until you figure it out. He's that good and he doesn't pulll any punches. So snowflakes need not apply. Highly recommended. 👍

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Old 08-28-2018, 09:57 AM
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Default Another recommendation for Bruce Bohannon

I want to add my recommendation of Bruce Bohannon as others have for flight instruction. He offers many services, but I went to Bruce for tailwheel training and RV-8 initial training. In addition to flying with an aviation legend, his instruction is spot on. If you show up eager to learn and ready for a workout you will not be disappointed. He loves to talk aviation, and he certainly has the experiences and skills to do it all afternoon. If you'll listen closely there is a take-away in "almost" all of his stories. Bruce will not waste your time (or his) but will demonstrate, teach, explain, and fly as much as you need.
My time spent with Bruce at 81D was invaluable.
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Old 08-28-2018, 10:07 AM
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Default Welcome to VAF, and Congratulations

Originally Posted by RianBuck View Post
After a long flying gap (35 yrs), I decided to venture into the world of flying, which included buying a RV-8.
Rian, welcome aboard the good ship VAF-----congrats on the 8
Mike Starkey
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Rv-10, N210LM.

Flying as of 12/4/2010

Phase 1 done, 2/4/2011

Sold after 240+ wonderful hours of flight.

"Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding or doing anything about it."
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Old 09-13-2018, 02:26 AM
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With a new -8 purchased, I (and my insurer) though it would be a good idea to get an RV signoff. I thought my tailwheel experience form 30 years ago would come right back...alas no.

I wore Kent Gordon out for a couple hours in his -6. He's out of Mallard's Landing and is a former airshow pilot and extremely knowledgeable and patient instructor. Been flying jets for a long time so my landings were characterized by high flares and overcontrolling. (But my go arounds were dialed in!)

Flew with a friend in his decathlon (of which I have a bunch of time in). I should've started in that. After a few landings, the picture was coming back.

I then scored a long Houston layover and was able to hook up with Bruce Bohannon. He assured me I would be signed off before I left. He is a wealth of knowledge and loves instructing. He charges $300/hr while the prop is turning but the 2-3 hours of brief / debrief were free. I left there confident that I would not tear up my new toy. I cant recommend him highly enough.

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