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Old 04-25-2018, 03:34 PM
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Default RV-8 vs RV-8A

I've been looking for an RV-8A and they're apparently very rare...everyone seems to prefer the RV-8. Any idea why the tail-dragger version is so much more popular? Thanks!
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Old 04-25-2018, 03:59 PM
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-8 looks better - but with my -8A I don't have serious issues with Eastern Sierra crosswinds. The -8A seems comfortable up to at least 15 kts.
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Old 04-25-2018, 04:11 PM
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I started building an RV-8A before I had a pilotís license. During the build I started flying a Cessna 150 coverted to tail dragger (Texas Taildragger, a horrible airplane). Before the RV-8A first flight I flew an RV-6 with a buddy for a few hours as the insurance company wanted me to have ďRV timeĒ. I was amazed at how easy the plane was to fly compared to the Texas Taildragger.

That was 16 years ago. The RV-8A got sold when I built the RV-10. The RV-10 got sold and Iím perhaps 6 months away from flying the new RV-8 project. So to your question:
- I built the RV-8A because people told me the RV-8 would be too hard for me to fly. They were wrong.
- Iím building the RV-8 because there is no sexier looking plane out there and I want an even bigger RV grin.
- The RV-8 will run you perhaps $200 a year higher for insurance, depending on your tailwheel time.
- The RV-8 is not the plane to teach someone to fly a tail dragger - too hard to fly from the back seat.
- I had no issue with a 25 knot crosswind in the RV-8A. Iíll need more time flying my current borrowed RV-8 before I can say the same for hte RV-8.

Both fly the same when off the runway. Both planes are wonderful. You decide what you want.

Carl
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Old 04-25-2018, 08:22 PM
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Build/buy what you want and are comfortable flying. Flying a tail wheel isn't hard provided you get some good instruction. I learned to fly in a J-3. I also flew a Citabria for several years before buying an tw 8. The transition wasn't a problem. The 8's are better looking IMO, but you won't know once you are off the ground! I don't have any problems with reasonable cross winds in my tail wheel -8. I know of an 8a for sale in New Hampshire. If you are interested, send me an email.
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Old 04-25-2018, 09:22 PM
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Any idea why the tail-dragger version is so much more popular? Thanks!
Because the tandem and side-by-side models appeal to different types of pilots. Those who prefer tandem centerline seating are much more likely to come from a tailwheel background, since there are few non-military tandem seat trikes out there. Centerline seating is just sportier and tailwheel fits that mission better. Those who prefer side-by-side seating are more likely to be accustomed to the Cessna or Piper trikes that they trained in, and may have never touched a tailwheel, hence the vastly larger percentage of trike 6/7/9's compared to the 8.
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Old 04-26-2018, 07:26 AM
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I've been looking for an RV-8A and they're apparently very rare...everyone seems to prefer the RV-8. Any idea why the tail-dragger version is so much more popular? Thanks!
Mark Serbu of BFG-50 fame? I had one of those, wish I'd never sold it

Anyway, it's a fairly small pool to draw from, so I think there's an ebb and flow to what's for sale at any given time - when I was looking almost 2 years ago the -8 seemed to be rare and I ended up with an 8A at least partially because that's what I could find in my price range.

As luddite42 said tail dragger's do tend to be more popular with a certain type of pilot that gravitates to the sportiness and tandem seating of the RV-8 - keep looking - good 8A's come up for sale too...

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-8 looks better.
I dunno - the -A looks pretty badass...
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Old 04-26-2018, 07:44 AM
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It is mostly the sex appeal of the tail dragger. Once they leave the ground you will not know the difference. As with the insurance company claims the "A" has a better record. We have an "A" because we like to travel to new places more than we like to show the aircraft. It is all up to what you like and want, you can be happy with either and have just as much fun.
Hope this helps, Yours, R.E.A. III # 80888
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Old 04-26-2018, 08:08 AM
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Old 04-26-2018, 09:07 AM
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Mark Serbu of BFG-50 fame? I had one of those, wish I'd never sold it

Anyway, it's a fairly small pool to draw from, so I think there's an ebb and flow to what's for sale at any given time - when I was looking almost 2 years ago the -8 seemed to be rare and I ended up with an 8A at least partially because that's what I could find in my price range.

As luddite42 said tail dragger's do tend to be more popular with a certain type of pilot that gravitates to the sportiness and tandem seating of the RV-8 - keep looking - good 8A's come up for sale too...



I dunno - the -A looks pretty badass...
Yes, that's me. Be glad to sell you another BFG-50. Or a BFG-50A.

Thanks for all the great replies, folks! I appreciate it!
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Old 04-26-2018, 01:06 PM
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Let me tell you a little story about sex appeal. Once upon a time we diverted to an alternate somewhere in NM. Even there the surface winds were howling near RV stall speeds. There were two intersecting runways, my copilot and I were readying for a good beating. 10 miles out an RV8 calls, a calm female voice announcing she is planning 19, it was very relaxing to hear.

After landing she transmitted try rwy 26 she ran out of rudder on 19. So we did. Landed on rwy 26. Touched down three times then finally stopped. She was still taxiing to the pump where we had a brief chat. Active duty just bought her first airplane. I asked to take a picture for the Kremlin. That's what guys I call sex appeal not the training wheelie placement.


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