Originally Posted by RV8JD
I've never seen or heard Van's advise against spins in the RV-8. There is a section regarding RV-8 spin entry and recovery techniques on page 15-18 of the RV-8/-8A Construction Manual. (In that section, it does recommend that the RV-6/-6A and RV-7/-7A limit intentional spins to two turns or less, and that the RV-9/-9A is not intended for spins at all.)
In that section it does say, "Van's Aircraft Inc. does not consider spins to be a recreational aerobatic maneuver, and recommends that they not be casually undertaken."
Page 15-23 and -24 discusses aerobatics and entry speeds for various maneuvers.
You can purchase the plans and manual on a USB flash drive for the RV-8/8A using this link:
You may also want to peruse this article by Van, "An Aerobatic Epistle":
"Van's Aircraft Inc. does not consider spins to be a recreational aerobatic maneuver, and recommends that they not be casually
Right, that sentence I have understood that you should not spin deliberately. However, I am not a native english speaker, and might have misunderstood it. If so, it is very good, as I really want to spin until it is my second nature to feel it coming and stop it when needed.
Thanks for the advice, and also the links.
Is there not a way to just download the material (at a cost) rather than sending it physically? Always a hassle with customs and such. However, I really want the material on electronic media.
The article is a bit cut on the edges, I guess that's a scanning issue. I will have to guess the outer parts.