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Old 05-25-2018, 11:03 AM
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I got my tailwheel endorsement after about 9 hours in the back seat of a L-4 (J-3 Cub with more windows).

Then I got about 80 hours in a Super Decathlon (acro and formation instruction as well as solo acro) and another 10 or so solo in a Citabria. Then about 3 hours transition for the RV-8.

I felt quite confident even though there were a couple of adjustments which have been mentioned in earlier posts (the drop-1-foot-above-the-runway bounce and rudder on rollout)
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Old 05-25-2018, 11:12 AM
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One of the answers needs to be what ever the insurance company requires.
If any RV works then Jan is within driving distance from you with a RV-6.
I transitioned tailwheel in a Citabria. Fun plane to fly but not an RV.
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Old 05-25-2018, 11:51 AM
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I own a Citabria and had many hundreds of hours in it. Insurance company still required transition training. RV6 with Mike Seager in Vernonia Oregon was fine with insurance company. Training is cheap and worth the effort.
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Old 05-25-2018, 05:10 PM
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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 are very similar to an RV-8. Heavier and a little more sluggish handling on the ground. Super D is almost too easy, but if you get worked over and competent with 3-pointers, wheelies, and x-winds, the RV transition will be very easy. There seems to be a bit of a trend here with posters portraying the RV-8 as touchy and squirrely. Everyone has a different opinion based on prior experience, but they are pussycats as tailwheel airplanes go.
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Old 05-25-2018, 05:13 PM
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(the drop-1-foot-above-the-runway bounce and rudder on rollout)
Which one had the drop?
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Old 05-25-2018, 05:14 PM
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One of the answers needs to be what ever the insurance company requires.
If any RV works then Jan is within driving distance from you with a RV-6.
I transitioned tailwheel in a Citabria. Fun plane to fly but not an RV.
I've flown with Jan once, but we've had scheduling conflicts.
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Old 05-25-2018, 05:42 PM
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If you can handle any taidragger, then you can handle the 8. It does have a couple of characteristic that separates it from most aircraft. If you set up a no power sink rate, it can become interesting when you go to flare. Keep power on and shallow approach till you get used to it. Also, if you get used to pattern work at slow speeds with just you aboard, and then add a passenger, weight, it can Buffett or even snap on you. Practice the slow stuff up high for a few hours. Extra weight requires extra speed, more so than others. One other thing, it is hard to stay of brakes due to design. Pull back toes hard when landing or you’ll be applying brakes on landing.
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Which one had the drop?
The -8 mostly. I experienced it with the Super D as well but it's mostly an artifact of the -8


Add a little throttle at the flare or keep it on and you'll be fine.

Once you settle the mains on - power off.
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Old 05-25-2018, 06:21 PM
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If you can handle any taidragger, then you can handle the 8. It does have a couple of characteristic that separates it from most aircraft. If you set up a no power sink rate, it can become interesting when you go to flare. Keep power on and shallow approach till you get used to it. Also, if you get used to pattern work at slow speeds with just you aboard, and then add a passenger, weight, it can Buffett or even snap on you. Practice the slow stuff up high for a few hours. Extra weight requires extra speed, more so than others. One other thing, it is hard to stay of brakes due to design. Pull back toes hard when landing or youíll be applying brakes on landing.
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Old 05-25-2018, 06:22 PM
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The -8 mostly. I experienced it with the Super D as well but it's mostly an artifact of the -8


Add a little throttle at the flare or keep it on and you'll be fine.

Once you settle the mains on - power off.
Iíve been doing mainly wheel landings in the Super D. Iíve been carrying a little power until the mains are on, slowly retarding to idle, and flying the tail wheel on. Seems a lot more controlled that 3point landings.
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