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Old 09-11-2011, 04:52 PM
flyboy10 flyboy10 is offline
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Default Need some help with the other half

My wife likes to fly. She even wants to bring the future kids along. We don't have kids yet, but she wants to bring them along once we do.

Hence the problem. I'm in love with the 8 and would like to consider building. We are partners in an Archer II, which of course, has 4 seats. An 8 would only have 2, with no room for the hypothetical kiddos.

Would like to know how those with young kids handle the 2 seats situation. Or is everyone that does this have kids out of the house?
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Old 09-11-2011, 06:18 PM
RV8R999 RV8R999 is offline
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build the -8 now while you can! Then when the "hypo" kids show up, build a -10
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Old 09-11-2011, 06:39 PM
lorne green lorne green is offline
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What ever you build. You're three years down the road. What do you build.
What do you build!......
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Old 09-11-2011, 06:55 PM
rwtalbot rwtalbot is offline
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Default Build the 8

I built a 7A before the kids came along. I used to have ideas of building a 10 or upgrading but now I don't think I will. I fly on my own or with a friend. Flying is my escape and I don't really feel the need to drag the kids and my other half along. The 7 is fantastic to fly. It burns very little fuel (compared to the 10) and most of the time one or two seats is enough.

A year or so ago I saw a bad accident at our local field, where a Jetranger had a tail rotor failure. The pilot got out but only just, before the whole thing went up. It was fortunate that he didn't have passengers that day. That got me thinking that I didn't want my kids in the plane until they are old enough to get themselves out.

Likewise I'm not that comfortable with me and my other half in the plane at the same time.

When I write it like that it sounds like I am more concerned than I am, but when you have kids your thinking changes a bit.

Richard Talbot - RV-7A - Flying
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Old 09-11-2011, 06:58 PM
DeltaRomeo DeltaRomeo is offline
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Everything Richard said.....

(I'm building a single seat RV now that I'm 15 years into the hobby - the right number of seats ) The kids can build their own dang plane (rimshot).
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Old 09-11-2011, 07:12 PM
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This all depends on your wife. Mine really enjoys the flying, plane people, and going places. When our son came along, he rode on my wife's lap until he could hold his head up. Once that happened, we mounted a baby seat in the baggage compartment of our -9.

The mini-me turns three next month and this will be last year he rides back there.

We have two choices, I build a -10 or I build a -3 and my wife learns to fly the -9. I'm thinking having two planes will be less $$$ than building a -10.
Bill R.
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Old 09-11-2011, 07:15 PM
alpinelakespilot2000 alpinelakespilot2000 is offline
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Went through the same agony myself once, but am now completely at peace with my decision, though there are times when I think it would be cool to get our family of four into the plane for a family trip. It really depends on how much you plan to fly with the family. +/-, to build a 10 is going to cost close to twice that of an 8, and more to operate too. For the relatively few times you would use 4 seats you could rent or, better yet, just keep your partnership in the Archer, build the 8, and still be ahead on cost compared to what it would take to build and operate a 10.
Steve M.
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Old 09-12-2011, 07:03 PM
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Default Keep the 8!

If you want to take the family somewhere, rent a 172/182. Don't mess up your everyday flying for those occasions when the family truckster is needed. I have a similar situation and would never give up my RV8. My two cents.

Happy flying!
Best regards,

Bruce Spears
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Houston, Texas (KIWS)
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Old 09-12-2011, 07:43 PM
Paul Walter Paul Walter is offline
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Location: Horsham, Victoria, Australia
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Why not build one of those super 6's or 7's with the 8 inch stretched fuse. I read an article once where it actually became the first RV 4 seater. Your childred could sit facing aft in the baggage compartment at least until they where 6 or 7. You may even be able to build it with the 200 hp 4 cylinder lyc.

Give it a go.
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Rv 6
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Old 09-14-2011, 02:26 PM
Toddav8r Toddav8r is offline
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Location: Langley AFB, VA
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Default Build what you WANT!

Here's my humble have to build what you really want. People ask me why I'm building an -8 when I have 3 kids, and my reply is "that's what I want!". Before I committed, my wife wanted me to build a -7, but even she agreed that it didn't make sense to commit to such a time and resource consuming project, if what you end up with isn't what you really wanted. As the number of kids increase, and they get older, and things like church, football, baseball, scouts, dance, family camping trips, etc., keep increasing, time for my project seems less and less. That precious resource of time to work on my build has drastically decreased, but my commitment and desire to finish it someday hasn't....because it's WHAT I REALLY WANT. I started my build in 2005, and I can guarantee that if I had started to build something other than what I wanted, it would've died on the vine long ago and ended up in VAF Classified forum!
Todd Farnsley
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Prince Frederick, MD (Stationed at Andrews AFB)
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