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Old 04-26-2018, 04:16 PM
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Default Rough Fields!

I had an 8A. Bought it back when I was too stupid to know that turning it into a tailwheel was nearly impossible. Anyway, I built and flew that plane for a few years, and it was a stellar performer. The ONLY reason I sold it was due to the field I'm based on getting worn/rough/sandy. If I could go back in time I'd have done the big front wheel mod and kept it!

On the other hand, this time I get to do all the stuff I wish I'd done on the first one, just with a wheel in the back.
Lance Logan
Stuart, FL
Plane at X58

Scratchbuilt Biplane
Preceptor N3 - Sold
Zenith Zodiac 601HD - Sold (good riddance)
Kitfox IV - Sold my share, but loved that plane
RV8A Sold! Loved the plane, but not the nosewheel!
RVX (RV6/4) Sold
RV8 Project purchased (Can't help myself)
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Old 04-26-2018, 04:19 PM
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Chino Tom Chino Tom is offline
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Location: Chino, CA
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Default More room

Ignoring the tail/nose wheel noise..... The 8A has more space for
stuff up front without the -8 gear towers. My wife thinks it's also
easier to get out of the rear seat because it is level. YMMV

(old pic before slight panel upgrade)
Tom Prokop
Chino, CA
RV-8A,180/CS/Carb, AFS 4500 EFIS/EMS
RV-6, sold, 820 hrs of fun.
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Old 04-26-2018, 04:38 PM
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Originally Posted by markserbu View Post
I've been looking for an RV-8A ...snip
PM sent with link to 8A that is FS (currently in my hangar).

doug reeves.
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RV-6 flying since '02.
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Old 04-26-2018, 04:42 PM
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Location: Clermont, FL
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For me, it was purely a question of mission - and looks. :-)

When I built my -8 many years ago, I was looking for a pure sport plane and tailwheel presence was part of the design's appeal. I already had a fair amount of tailwheel time and found it to be a breeze to land. Though we usually say "fly", the ground-handling (mostly the landing dynamics) are what we're really referencing.

Nowadays, as I'm preparing to embark on a -14A project, my mission has evolved to more of an IFR traveling machine that my wife will also enjoy. Though she tolerated the -8's rear seat, she'll have a much more enjoyable experience sitting next to me in the -14A and might even consent to receiving a little flight instruction!

Since I've already given up any semblance of sporty appearance in switching from tandem to side-by-side, the nosewheel wasn't much of an additional compromise. Hence, the 'A' is my attempt to make my wife feel a bit more comfortable with the whole thing.

RV-8 N118KB (sold)
RV-14A #140494 (Fuselage in progress)
N114KB (reserved)
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