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Old 12-07-2018, 08:23 AM
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I have time in over 90 different makes and models, many of them taildraggers, and I have found the Van's family of taildraggers are the easiest taildraggers I have ever flown.

What is stunning to me is how similar each of the RV's feel. Van's has done an amazing job!

One last thing, some will say a taildragger's insurance will cost more than an A model. That is true until you get a hundred hours in your -14 and then it will track the nosedreagger's insurance rate.
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Old 12-07-2018, 11:19 AM
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That's good news!

What insurance company is that with? I've got around 2500 hours but very little tailwheel time (probably around 20 hours). I asked for a ball park quote for an RV7 with $100k hull coverage, this is part of the reply I got;

"The RV7A will be quite a bit more affordable to insure. Full coverage on the RV7A would run about $1200-$1500 a year.
Full coverage on the RV7 would run at least $2,000 the first year and then probably always 25% more than the RV7A each year thereafter."


That was from a company linked on the EAA and Vans web sites.
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Old 12-07-2018, 11:40 AM
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“RV-14 is a pussycat...”

Hmmmm.....let see what happens nexts.

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Old 12-07-2018, 11:45 AM
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Total TW time is everything. TT not so much.

Your insurance will be higher for a TW for the first year and at some point it will equalize out.

Call Falcon and see what they offer. The other one is Jenny Estes at Nation Air.
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Old 12-07-2018, 12:51 PM
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That WAS falcon

Not trying to be a wise guy, but I'm planning to build a tail dragger and if there's a better deal to be had, I'd like to know about it, even if I'm potentially a couple of years from needing it.

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Old 12-07-2018, 01:24 PM
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That WAS falcon

Not trying to be a wise guy, but I'm planning to build a tail dragger and if there's a better deal to be had, I'd like to know about it, even if I'm potentially a couple of years from needing it.

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I thought it might have been Falcon. You will pay more the first year, just a fact of life and with very little TW time, it adds to the pain. As I said, at some point it will equalize.
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Old 12-08-2018, 01:00 PM
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Thanks everyone for your comments to this thread. I value the knowledge and skill that you all have gained over the years. I have pretty much decided on the -14 over the -14A. This forum is a valuable tool and the creators and moderators are to be commended. Please continue to post comments as they are all welcome. Thanks!
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Old 12-08-2018, 01:02 PM
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Thanks Bill R. for your comments concerning handling and also insight into the insurance. Much appreciated
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Old 12-08-2018, 02:28 PM
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I was a very new tailwheel pilot when I bought my RV9 in August. Lots of time in twins, turbines and jets. It took me about 15 hours to start feeling comfortable. Now with a little over 35 hours it feels like second nature. That’s not to say everyone of my landings are greasers now. But in the last 25 landings or so I’ve only had one bouncer.
BBQJON, think about what Angelo said, "15 hours to start feeling comfortable."

Think way back to when you were first learning to fly. Didn't it take you between 10 to 15 hours to solo? Same thing with a taildragger. Only now you have to unlean years of bad habits before you can learn new techniques. No big deal, besides, who among us can't use some additional training?

I'm not saying you are a bad pilot, don't take me wrong. I flew with Angelo for some of that 15 hours and he was fundamentally a good pilot but like most high time jet pilots, he would start his flair at 50'. That presented its own set of problems. Once past that he was fine. Two things I liked about Angelo, every turn was coordinated and he always landed on the centerline.
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Old 12-08-2018, 08:16 PM
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When I was learning to fly & switched from C-150s to 1/3 share in a Luscombe, it raised the insurance rate by at least 30%. At the renewal after I had accumulated 50+ hrs, it went back to the previous rate.

I checked many years ago on how much it would save me to switch from TD to trike, before I started building the -7. I was told, 'nothing'. But virtually all my time is in TD; I probably have less than 30 hrs in trikes.


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