As the others have said, the -9 doesn't really fly much differently than the other RV's.
However, the -9 is probably the best "balanced" of all the RV's.
As far as tail draggers go, it is simply the easiest tail dragger I have ever flown. I went from a 65 hp T-Craft right to my -9 and was stunned at how easy was to fly in comparison.
You will have no issues moving up to an RV, any RV.
I fly formation with my neighbor in his 65 hp Champ from time to time and the -9 can easily hang in there with him.
We will fly formation to a local Class Delta airport (KGMU) where we have lunch and fly home together with me doing all the radio work.
You are probably going to have to build a -9 tail dragger because there just aren't many built that way.
Good luck making a decision.
RV-9 (Yes, it's a dragon tail)
O-360 w/ dual P-mags
Build the plane you want, not the plane others want you to build!
SC86 - Easley, SC
Last edited by N941WR : 12-11-2017 at 02:23 PM.