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Old 04-06-2021, 01:32 PM
Chris Scott Chris Scott is offline
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Default RV-6 handling

I was discussing the RV-6 or 6A with Avemco, and she (who flies an RV) gave me the impression that "they" don't go out in more than 8-10 knots of wind because they will get "blown away."

I have more than 400 hours in a C-150 years ago, which has about the same weight but significantly less wing loading and there was only one time I cancelled for wind. She said a 150 was a "tank" compared to an RV.

Aside from more power and faster roll rate, why is flying an RV in wind so touchy?
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Old 04-06-2021, 01:52 PM
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I have both airplanes. This is nonsense. I would take a RV out any day over the 150 in gusty conditions. #1 reason is quick climb to smooth air. #2 more responsive handling in the bumps.

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Old 04-06-2021, 01:54 PM
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I’ve flown our -3, -6, and -8 all in winds up to 25 knots with gusts higher than that, and significant crosswind components, so I think whomever it was simply has different personal limits. The short wing RV’s handle wind just fine in my evaluation.

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Old 04-06-2021, 01:55 PM
Eric Minnis Eric Minnis is offline
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Little pedals on the floor work well.
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Old 04-06-2021, 02:29 PM
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I now have 195 hrs on my RV-6A that I purchased just over 2 years ago. All of my prior experience before that was in Cessna 172s, a Piper Cherokee 180, and a Beech Musketeer. I love the RV handling and have no issues with the wind. I have flown in 20-25kt winds, including at least 10-15kt cross wind conditions without any problems in the 6A. At altitude, I've flown in 50-60kt winds again without issue.
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Old 04-06-2021, 02:41 PM
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I believe that how hard you feel a gust varies linearly with wing loading, but as the square of speed. So since the RV is much faster than the Cessna you experience the turbulence more. I have seen +2 to -0.5g on the gauge flying level on a windy day in the mountains. Not dangerous, but not comfortable. But, in the RV you can just slow down. Then the higher wing loading is on your side and it smooths out.

With regard to handling the wind, I once landed my 8A with a 24 knot crosswind component. Stressful, but the airplane was more than up to it. I wouldn't try that in a 150.
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Old 04-06-2021, 03:05 PM
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Yeah. Of all the airplanes I fly, the RV is the most confidence-inspiring in crosswinds and gusty conditions.
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Old 04-06-2021, 07:40 PM
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I agree with Paul, whoever is advising not to fly the 6 in strong winds probably is not very comfortable herself regardless of the plane. I fly my 6 with the original smaller tail in very windy conditions many time with stiff crosswinds and find it to handle adverse conditions quite well. If I didnít obtain so much experience in crosswinds while towing gliders, maybe I would not feel the same. If you are not comfortable with crosswinds, donít be afraid to get some good instruction, it becomes quite satisfying when you feel comfortable and master them.
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Old 04-07-2021, 04:07 AM
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don't go out in more than 8-10 knots of wind
The limit is when one is hitting the rudder stops
Life's short... Enjoy

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Old 04-07-2021, 04:29 AM
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My builder presents two different DEMONSTRATED CROSSWIND numbers, which I found odd. Is there a reason the RVs would handle differently right and left crosswind?
Craig Roser

2015 Gunter Malich RV8
2005 Cessna C182T G1000
West Central Florida
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