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Old 02-27-2017, 09:37 PM
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the comment about be prepared to hit taxi lights and other things, is not true at all, and should be ignored. RV tail draggers typically have good visibility over the nose even with the tail on the ground. That and proper procedures will ensure many safe years of ground handling.
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Old 02-27-2017, 10:02 PM
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I'm sure that Bruce was actually trying to be funny. Maybe he forgot to include the smiley face. You know, that "real pilots fly taildraggers" thing.
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Old 02-28-2017, 08:17 AM
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Yes, I was trying to be funny... but

I fly frequently (3-10x a month)
I have 2,000 hours of tailwheel time
I hit a taxi light (10+ years ago)
I hit two stakes at airshows (10+ years ago)
I came gnats-*** close to flipped my RV-4 over trying to turn around on a very windy day a couple years ago.
I've never had a ground loop or a flip over.
I've damaged an aircraft (other than the prop) as pilot.

With lots of hours in all kinds of airplanes, trikes are just simpler and just handle more predictably and better in all conditions. If that wasn't the case why aren't there any factory new aircraft tailwheel? Why aren't 787's tailwheel? Why is the RV community the last holdout of tricycle gear deniers?

It's just another opinion... ban the tailwheel... now, that is a joke

I guess what's going through my head is this... an older pilot I respect deeply once told me, I'd never fly a tailwheel again if it wasn't how the bird was parked there. Flying is risky enough, why add to it?!
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Old 02-28-2017, 10:04 AM
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With lots of hours in all kinds of airplanes, trikes are just simpler and just handle more predictably and better in all conditions. If that wasn't the case why aren't there any factory new aircraft tailwheel? Why aren't 787's tailwheel? Why is the RV community the last holdout of tricycle gear deniers?

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1. Maule
2. Pitts S2
3. Husky
4. Carbon Cub
5. Legend Cub

To name just a few factory new aircraft you can purchase today.

Tailwheel aircraft give you more options in windy and rough field conditions than tricycles.

But you are right, the OP should keep his "A" if he wants to land on grass and end up upside-down.

As for why RV pilots are keeping taildraggers alive, I like to think we are keeping an ancient art alive.
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Old 02-28-2017, 10:50 AM
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As for why RV pilots are keeping taildraggers alive, I like to think we are keeping an ancient art alive.
Helps keep some peoples (not pointing fingers at anyone specific) egos fully inflated also...........................
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Old 02-28-2017, 12:46 PM
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Helps keep some peoples (not pointing fingers at anyone specific) egos fully inflated also...........................
Only till they bang into something hidden by the cowl......
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Old 02-28-2017, 05:28 PM
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1. Maule
2. Pitts S2
3. Husky
4. Carbon Cub
5. Legend Cub
6. Top Cub
7. XCub
8. WACO YMF-5
9. Great Lakes


To name just a few factory new aircraft you can purchase today.
Added a few.

Not sure why some of these posts sound so anti-tailwheel, like they are dangerous or something. They are fun to fly, help keep your stick & rudder skills polished, and it is the "conventional gear", after all. Variety is the spice of life! There is room for us all.
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