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Old 01-13-2018, 12:31 AM
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I never see any tail wheel RV-9s for sale. (with O-320) Why is that?
Are they THAT good? Folks hold on to them?

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Old 01-13-2018, 05:51 AM
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Yes, they are that good!

That and there are not very many of them built with the little wheel in back.

I have time in over 90 makes and models and I can honestly say the -9 is the easiest tail dragged I have ever flown. Also, the -9 is the best harmonized of all the RV's.
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Old 01-13-2018, 09:41 AM
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I never see any tail wheel RV-9s for sale. (with O-320) Why is that?
Is your question about RV9s in general or only those with O320s?

Either way, not all that surprising. Basically vans intended the RV9A as a more docile, slower stall, non aerobatic version of the RV6/6A, that might appeal to those who might not care about aerobatics. They even advertised it as a great trainer. Unfortunately, the "trainer" connotation is what stuck. Those attracted to simple, easy to fly "trainers" are naturally much more likely to go for the tricycle A model. Consequently, not many RV9s period, whether with the (largest recommended) O320 or not.

All in all a bit of a shame because, as others said, the -9 is fantastic and flies nothing like any trainer I've ever flown! Had no tailwheel time when I started but building but choosing the tailwheel was one of the best decisions I made! Among other reasons, it just adds a whole additional element of fun!
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Old 01-13-2018, 10:05 AM
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Everything I go to the hanger and see my RV-9, I get a tingling sensation down my legs. The kind of sensation that says yea, I did the right thing. Knowing that the RV-9 has the best safety record of all Van's designs is icing on the cake.
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Old 01-13-2018, 12:43 PM
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Everything I go to the hanger and see my RV-9, I get a tingling sensation down my legs. The kind of sensation that says yea, I did the right thing. Knowing that the RV-9 has the best safety record of all Van's designs is icing on the cake.
Well, an incident rate of 1 in 1000 is going to hit a group of 200 a lot slower than it's going to hit a group of 5000. The accident rate on the RV-14 is pretty stellar right now as well, isn't it? Not many RV-9's, not many RV-14's, yet.
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Old 01-13-2018, 12:50 PM
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After all we've been through in eleven years and 1100 hrs........I could never sell.

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Old 01-18-2018, 12:13 PM
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I kinda figured you guys would say that. :-)
Nines are nice for sure...
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