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Old 04-26-2018, 03:16 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.
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Old 04-26-2018, 03:19 PM
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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)
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Old 04-26-2018, 03:38 PM
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I've been looking for an RV-8A ...snip
PM sent with link to 8A that is FS (currently in my hangar).

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Old 04-26-2018, 03:42 PM
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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.
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