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Old 05-28-2018, 09:44 AM
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Curious as to your choice. I'm right handed and have always thought I would prefer to fly with my right hand and use the left for working everything else. I know I'm showing my na´vetÚ when it comes to cockpit operations but hey, we all started at zero knowledge, right?
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I thought a lot about this. As I am right-handed, I would actually prefer flying from the left seat for cross-country and IFR type flying. Having the right hand doing the fine motor skill tasks like writing notes, tuning radios, entering flight plans, etc. is preferable.

For aerobatic flying, I wanted that fine-motor skill on the stick. I felt like I could have a bit more precision with right hand on stick and left on the throttle.

Of course flying from either side works and you get used to it to the point of not really noticing. But, since I was building an RV-7 which for me was a sport plane first, I opted for the right seat for the aerobatic focus. Truth is, if money were no object, I would have built a symetrical panel and flown left or right based on that day's mission.
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Old 05-28-2018, 05:11 PM
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Best first flight video ever! .....

Agreed and congrats on your FF. Outstanding job to both you and your son.

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Old 05-28-2018, 07:51 PM
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Congrats! Great video and great flight. I hope my first flight goes half as well...
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Old 06-01-2018, 01:24 PM
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Don't feel bad about the 5 landings...
In this case, it was a lack of tailwheel experience. When I touched down, I relaxed (a big no no in a tailwheel) and just left the stick centered. In hindsight, even though I had gotten a TW endorsement and did transition training, I wish I had a few more hours. During a first flight, it would be much better to have the muscle memory developed so less thinking.
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