Originally Posted by Richard Connell
Well said. My 10 is an absolute delight.
It impresses me more and more every flight.
After 10y in a RV7, I was nervous about the 10 being inferior.
I shouldn’t have worried. It’s better in almost every way other than not being able to go upside down. The TD aspect has never entered my mind.
Interesting discussion though!
I speculate that reinforcement in the tailcone is unnecessary because flight loads far exceed ground loads. After all, the rest of the vans fleet have largely identical tailcones whether they are conventional or TD. With the exception of reinforcements for the actual tail wheel leg mount.
You may be surprised at the loading with a couple of adults and 100 lbs of baggage in the back…but that is what a detailed engineering analysis is for…
Again, no place for TLAR engineering or much speculation…
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