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Old 11-19-2013, 08:35 AM
Teo Teo is offline
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Default RV-12 tailwheel

Hi, is there somebody who studied the possibility to convert an RV12 to tailwheel version?
I'd like to make mountain flight and install skis...
Please, simple words, I dont know good english
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Old 11-19-2013, 09:13 AM
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Teo, welcome to VAF-----good to have you aboard.

I have not heard of someone doing a tailwheel 12, but there are a lot of amazingly/talented resourceful folks here, your question may well spark a bit of thought...............

From what I know of the 12, this may be quite a structural challenge in that the firewall is pretty far forward for mounting the gear, and the wing carry through spar area is pretty busy already with the detachable wing mechanism.
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Old 11-19-2013, 09:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Teo View Post
Hi, is there somebody who studied the possibility to convert an RV12 to tailwheel version?
I'd like to make mountain flight and install skis...
Please, simple words, I dont know good english
IMHO and as a builder of one, I do not see any way to move the landing gear of an RV-12 in a different position than where it is now.
May be a stupid question: Why not putting skis on a tricycle landing gear?

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Old 11-19-2013, 03:52 PM
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I don't think the brake steering would work very well with skis ... ;-)
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Old 11-19-2013, 06:57 PM
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To my mind the ultimate LSA would be an RV12 taildragger with a sliding canopy. But the current RV12 design could never adapt to that given the wing spars, seating position with its resulting outstanding visibility (NEVER give that up!), and thus the CG issues.
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Old 11-19-2013, 07:51 PM
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Would be nice to have a high wing also.
RV-7 : In the hangar
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:17 PM
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It can be done, but difficult. Unfortunately the horizontal tail would be much too low and would get damaged at some point.

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Old 11-19-2013, 08:30 PM
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You would be better served with a high wing plaine that is able to fly slow.
Like a zenith 750 which was also designed by a Swiss!
Just my opinion.
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:47 PM
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Take a look at the JustAircraft Highlander or Super STOL.

GREAT airplane that can haul a ton!
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Old 11-22-2013, 02:18 AM
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Although I understand the business (and to some extent technical) reasons for not going the conventional gear option, it does seem a pity, there is just something about an aircraft looking up at the sky.

Come to think of it, these guys have managed to convert a tri gear LSA to a taildragger - and it comes with a BRS. Just can't pull the wings off....

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