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Old 11-23-2022, 01:56 PM
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Hello,

I'm in the process of buying a flying RV-3. All of my flying experience so have has been in 172.

Any tips on how to go about preparing to take on the single seat beauty ?

Thanks in advance
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Old 11-23-2022, 02:22 PM
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Get your tailwheel endorsement, and put some additional meaningful tailwheel practice time in your logbook.

Then book some time with a CFI who's a RV transition trainer. We have a list here: https://www.vansaircraft.com/rv-flight-training/
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Old 11-23-2022, 03:16 PM
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Everything that Greg said!

The RV-3 is a push at to fly if you have tailwheel time - not just an endorsement, but additional hours beyond that, just to have a broader experience base. That’s for take-off and landing.

Getting the Rv transition training will prepare you for the wide speed range - an RV-3 is going to feel blisteringly fast to someone who has only flown a 172, and you’ll need to up your gains a bit….and you can do that in any short-wing RV.

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Old 11-23-2022, 04:37 PM
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Congrats on the new RV-3! As said above, tailwheel experience and transition training is a must.

Here are four articles by Van himself that may be of interest to new RV pilots. I included the nose gear-related article for completeness.
Articles: "How to Fly an RV", "How to Land an RV", "How to Land an RV, Part 2", and "How to Fly a Nose Gear RV".

BTW, Some folks will argue that transition training is not a "must". That may be true for a small segment of the pilot population. But consider this information from Mike Seager (who has given the most transition training in RV's, bar none) when questioned by Van himself:
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Old 11-23-2022, 04:42 PM
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Here in the US your insurance company would set minimum tailwheel hours before they’d cover you. Not sure about Canada.
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Old 11-23-2022, 05:05 PM
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Congrats on the new RV-3! As said above, tailwheel experience and transition training is a must.

Here are four articles by Van himself that may be of interest to new RV pilots. I included the nose gear-related article for completeness.
Articles: "How to Fly an RV", "How to Land an RV", "How to Land an RV, Part 2", and "How to Fly a Nose Gear RV".

Thanks for posting these. I'm not able to access the How to land part 2 article though. That link is to a google drive as opposed to here on VAF.
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Old 11-23-2022, 05:35 PM
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Thanks for posting these. I'm not able to access the How to land part 2 article though. That link is to a google drive as opposed to here on VAF.
I modified the link in my post above and it should be accessible to all. If not, shoot me a PM with your email address and I'll send you a copy.
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Old 11-23-2022, 06:45 PM
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Thanks for all the tips. We don't have a tail wheel endorsement here in Canada and tail wheel specific training is pretty rare. All the transition folks there in the list are in the USA. I could make that journey if need be. Thanks again
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Thanks for all the tips. We don't have a tail wheel endorsement here in Canada and tail wheel specific training is pretty rare. All the transition folks there in the list are in the USA. I could make that journey if need be. Thanks again
Looks like Bruce Bohannon is not officially a transition instructor, but he does a lot of tailwheel instruction. In a Legend Cub if you need the signoff, and then in an RV-8 once you're tailwheel signed off.

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Old 11-23-2022, 07:27 PM
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Even if you can get some RV time in an A model and tailwheel time in another brand, it would make a big difference. Transitions become easier the more experience you have and tailwheel airplanes have pecularities.

Have fun!
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