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Old 12-15-2012, 05:09 AM
Maj. Woody Maj. Woody is offline
 
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Default Tailwheel endorsement and transition training

Hi Folks.
I am looking to buy an RV-4 in about a year. I have about 600 hours flying Cessnas and other GA planes. I was wondering about transition training and my tailwheel endorsement.

The local airport has a Citabria on line. Should I spend the money and get my endorsement in that or specifically in an RV?

I notice that the transition training is offered in the side by side RV models only. Will that help me with flying an RV-4? Will my first RV-4 flight be solo?

Thanks for any insight you can provide!
Dom
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Old 12-15-2012, 05:18 AM
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my opinion is that the tailwheel art of piloting is a mindset, so you can earn it with every little taildragger airplane.

DC3 and Mustang are not an option.
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Old 12-15-2012, 05:28 AM
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Hi Luke.
I watched a video of your RV. The video is very professional and your RV is gorgeous!!
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Old 12-15-2012, 06:07 AM
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Maj...get you TW endorsement in the Cit and you'll have no problem with the -4. I've given two -4 owners transition training in my -6A and they both already had a lot of TW time, one guy in his Cessna 140.

Guess which airplane now stays parked?

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Old 12-15-2012, 06:21 AM
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I did my TW in a Champ and later got time in a J-3 and Citabria. All three were good experience. I did m transition in an RV-6. Collectively, they made it easy to fly my RV-8.

I'd say "get some Citabria time". It will be good experience.
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Old 12-15-2012, 06:30 AM
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Dom,

You might also find out what your insurance company wants to see before they insure you.

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Old 12-15-2012, 08:27 AM
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I notice that the transition training is offered in the side by side RV models only. Will that help me with flying an RV-4?
Yes it will, stay in the right seat, that way you get used to flying with the stick in your right hand, and thottle with the left. That's the way Alex teaches it, and how he did it with me. As luck would have it though, I eventually bought a 6, so had to get used to flying in the left seat again and using the left hand for the stick. It's a quick transition back to using your other hand on the stick though.
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Old 12-15-2012, 12:31 PM
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i did my TW in the citabria. If you can handle the citabria you will have no problem in an RV.

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Old 12-15-2012, 03:26 PM
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Thanks for all the advice guys. I had been dying to get checked out in the Citabria long before I ever considered owning an RV anyway. I thought the experience would make me a better pilot. Now If I could only fast forward about a year so I could buy my RV
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Old 12-15-2012, 03:39 PM
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Woody, I'll have to cross this same bridge when my RV-8 is finished. I WANT to train now but I am going to hold off so my training is fresh.
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