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Old 07-14-2017, 03:30 PM
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Default Good Pitts instructor

So as I keep pounding rivets on the RV, I have an opportunity to do some flying in a Single seat Pitts. With about 400hrs in Cubs, Citabrias, and a Stinson I'm looking to get some dual in a Pitts before even attempting to taxi by my self. I know Finnegan, Davisson and J White are the gurus but the cost and time to travel is outside of the question right now. Does anyone have any intel on a good Pitts instructor around the Houston or Dallas area. Thanks all!
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Old 07-14-2017, 04:08 PM
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Harvey and Rihn near Houston, last I heard their S2B was not airworthy but that was some time ago. The people at Aero Country are not recommended.
Dagmar Kress in Denver area has an S2C and has been flying the Pitts for 30 plus years. Call EAA and ask for the IAC person. They keep a list that should be up to date and should have Dagmar's contact info.
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Old 07-14-2017, 04:24 PM
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Dagmar 303-887-4473 Centennial Airport
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Old 07-14-2017, 04:51 PM
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Default Equinox Instruction

There is a guy flying out of Pogue airport (just west of Tulsa) who has a Pitts 12 and does aerobatic instruction, he also has some time in RV's instructing a new RV-6 driver. His name is Homer at (918) 271-1099. I have no direct experience with him, just have chatted to him a few times.
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Old 07-14-2017, 05:25 PM
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Certified aircraft only for instruction unless you do it for free or have approval for transition training.
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Old 07-14-2017, 05:46 PM
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Certified aircraft only for instruction unless you do it for free or have approval for transition training.
I guess FREE is the operative word here. You can get instruction all day long in an RV, specially if it is yours, without breaking any FAA regs. You just can't rent an RV, like a you would a Cessna, for flight training.
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Old 07-14-2017, 06:40 PM
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I guess FREE is the operative word here. You can get instruction all day long in an RV, specially if it is yours, without breaking any FAA regs. You just can't rent an RV, like a you would a Cessna, for flight training.
Nobody's doing free instruction in a Pitts 12 that burns 40 GPH at full power, Experimental certification notwithstanding.
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Old 07-14-2017, 08:17 PM
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I gave, as in no charge, transition training in my RV-9A. The feds say I can't charge for the airplane, and if I'd charged for my time as a CFI, likely the feds would have claimed I was charging for the airplane. But the insurance policy says that I can't charge for anything. So do your homework, folks...
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Old 07-14-2017, 10:12 PM
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The people at Aero Country are not recommended.
Really? I used them for tail wheel instruction about a year ago and everything was great. Maybe I just had a good instructor?

http://tail-wheel.com
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Old 07-14-2017, 10:32 PM
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Really? I used them for tail wheel instruction about a year ago and everything was great. Maybe I just had a good instructor?

http://tail-wheel.com
A local has described them on another forum as unreliable. Don't answer the phone, return messages etc.
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