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Old 01-03-2019, 05:22 PM
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Default Nosewheel vs tailwheel

Don't want opinions. Iím wondering if there is a table of the number of each RV model that are built with a nose vs tail wheel. Maybe the number of kits sold and also the number flying. Just curious.
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Old 01-03-2019, 05:36 PM
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I think you have to contact Van's for that number.
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Old 01-03-2019, 05:41 PM
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I think you have to contact Van's for that number.
I donít think vans tracks that. I asked them for that data a year ago and they said they did not have that data. I asked for number flying data. They probably have number sold but not sure they will release that. They pointed me to look in the FAA registry.
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Old 01-07-2019, 02:04 AM
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Would be interesting to know the ratio but from what I've seen on various plane sites, at fly ins and general photos etc on the net the conventional u/c variety isn't as popular these days as more and more kits get sold/started, well as far as I can tell anyway.
Personally I prefer the conventional u/c feels like a real mans plane but that's just me
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Old 01-08-2019, 03:03 PM
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Don't want opinions. I’m wondering if there is a table of the number of each RV model that are built with a nose vs tail wheel. Maybe the number of kits sold and also the number flying. Just curious.
Dave,
I can assure you with some certainty that the RV-3 and RV-4 are 100% Tail Dragger...
Models designed afterward were well, after thoughts...

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Old 01-08-2019, 05:41 PM
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Dave,
I can assure you with some certainty that the RV-3 and RV-4 are 100% Tail Dragger...
Models designed afterward were well, after thoughts...

Smokey
Except for the -9 and -14 on which the tailwheel was the later model to appear.
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Old 01-08-2019, 05:48 PM
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Dave,
I can assure you with some certainty that the RV-3 and RV-4 are 100% Tail Dragger.....[/i]

Smokey
Ummm..

I'm not sure about the -4. Some years back there was an article in either KitPlanes or Sport Aviation about a guy who converted his -4 to a tricycle. The reason he gave was that he never felt comfortable flying a taildragger but liked the way the -4 flew.

I have always wondered if that plane is still flying.
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Old 01-09-2019, 12:27 PM
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Except for the -9 and -14 on which the tailwheel was the later model to appear.
Steve,
I was being a bit facetious in that I when I purchased my RV4 tail kit, there were only 2 kits, the 3 and 4. Every design afterward, (RV-6-14) were an afterthought.
When the RV6 was announced, several "old school" builders (like myself) made offhand comments in the RV8R newsletter. One I remember was "First a side by side, next thing, Van will bolt on a nose wheel!"
And he did...
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Old 01-09-2019, 02:16 PM
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Steve,
I was being a bit facetious in that I when I purchased my RV4 tail kit, there were only 2 kits, the 3 and 4. Every design afterward, (RV-6-14) were an afterthought.
When the RV6 was announced, several "old school" builders (like myself) made offhand comments in the RV8R newsletter. One I remember was "First a side by side, next thing, Van will bolt on a nose wheel!"
And he did...
V/R
Smokey
Ah. Just so.
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Old 01-09-2019, 08:19 PM
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Default Nose wheel vs tailwheel

I was at the Van's factory a little over a year ago. I ask them which there were more of and they said nose wheel. That surprised me as I thought there were more tail wheel Van's aircraft.
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