Well the green suit was finally hung up for the last time. So now to focus on getting back to civilian life. So pretty much decided that I am going to buy vs build for my first RV. I keep coming back to the RV12. So if you know of a good deal out there...
I am going to be moving back to the Ocala, Tampa or Orlando area. Still working on the details. After the past 25 years, my wife gets to pick as opposed to Uncle Sam.
How well does the landing like work? Should I treat it like a taxi light or does it really light up the touchdown point? Is it something you would use to drop on to a poorly lit runway? I am thinking Tampa North for the Florida folks.
Grass field ops? Could I reliability fly in and out of a grass field? Seems to be easier to find a hangar on some of the grass fields as opposed to the paved ones like Tampa Exec. Then there is the price, ugh.
Speaking of hangar, how do the 12s handle rain? If this becomes a ramp queen am I going to find puddles in the plane? How about in flight, are the aluminum seams pretty tight? Many of the places that I have called have long wait lists for hangar space.
Any recommendations on finding information on the purchase process for an experimental? AOPA was helpful but I feel they are better suited to buying a new cirrus or a TBM.
Finally, if anyone thinks this soldier is crazy for going with a 12 or asking any of these questions please message me. I am in uncharted airspace here but trying to keep aviation in my life. The amount of really smart people on this site is amazing and a big part of why I keep coming back to Vans.
'Keep up the Fire'