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Old 06-30-2018, 01:32 AM
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Default 8 vs. 8A

Iím sure itís been asked thousand times already, is there a noticeable difference between the two? Is it true that the 8A has a weak nose gear, and something I should be concerned about?

I was leaning towards the -8 until I got insurance quotes. At $1200/yr more for the tailwheel, it got me thinking about the 8A.
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Old 06-30-2018, 04:32 AM
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Get some other quotes, an additional $1200. because of the tail wheel sounds excessive. My tailwheel 8 policy is slightly higher than what I paid for coverage on a previously owned 8A, everything else being equal.
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Old 06-30-2018, 06:01 AM
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Iím sure itís been asked thousand times already, is there a noticeable difference between the two? Is it true that the 8A has a weak nose gear, and something I should be concerned about?

I was leaning towards the -8 until I got insurance quotes. At $1200/yr more for the tailwheel, it got me thinking about the 8A.
All the A model RVs have a front TAXI wheel that I would not call a nose gear. Fly the airplane correctly where the front wheel is only used as a taxi wheel and there is no problem.

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Get some other quotes, an additional $1200. because of the tail wheel sounds excessive. My tailwheel 8 policy is slightly higher than what I paid for coverage on a previously owned 8A, everything else being equal.
Dick
My tailwheel RV policy is less than $300 for $1-Million liability only policy. Not sure my over 3,000 hours in tailwheel aircraft has to do with that.
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Old 06-30-2018, 08:44 AM
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$80,000 hull full coverage for my 8 tailwheel is $1000/yr. if you ever plan on grass strips, go with 8.
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Old 06-30-2018, 08:47 AM
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Is it time related. Mine went way down once I reached 500 hours tailwheel time. That was a while back
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Old 06-30-2018, 09:20 AM
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Low time tailwheel, expect around $1,800 year. That is what I paid on my 8 and 4 through Falcon.
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Old 06-30-2018, 09:47 AM
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if you ever plan on grass strips, go with 8.
Nobody ever told Vlad that I guess
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Old 06-30-2018, 10:07 AM
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Low time, around 170TT IR pilot with zero tail time. All quotes wereassuming $80k hull. For tail dragger AVEMCO was $5900/yr, another insurance was $3600/yr and AOPA was $2600/yr. the -8A through AOPA was $1400/yr. So, itís definitely time related and high due to lack of tailwheel.
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Old 06-30-2018, 06:34 PM
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Iím sure itís been asked thousand times already, is there a noticeable difference between the two? Is it true that the 8A has a weak nose gear, and something I should be concerned about?

I was leaning towards the -8 until I got insurance quotes. At $1200/yr more for the tailwheel, it got me thinking about the 8A.
I'm a low time pilot and my total costs for my -8(tail wheel) is $1484 w/70k on the hull. Call Leah Ringeisen Gallagher Aviation. You seriously need to find a new insurance company.

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