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Old 01-02-2014, 05:43 PM
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They give them to the pilot for free!

You just have to sign a bit of paperwork :roll eyes:

What's this about a commitment?
Alas. If only it were that easy...
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Old 01-03-2014, 05:53 AM
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My favorite single seater? The F-16 of course...
But can it hover?
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Old 01-03-2014, 10:16 AM
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But can it hover?
Andy,
Not quite...

V/R
Smokey

PS: Not to totally hijack the thread but...
At Zero Knots indicated you can plug the mighty GE F110 into full AB and at the cost of 60,000 PPH of kerosene hold altitude. Of course that's 70"s technology, the F22 can climb vertically and maneuver at zero forward speed...a different animal altogether Although I've never seen one on a ramp in Iraq...
Might get dirty!


PSS: I found my logbook entry when I flew the Long Midget (MM1) my entry was short and to the point "sprightly little fighter"!

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Old 01-03-2014, 10:21 AM
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But can it hover?
Not quite...
Ah well, it might not have gone quite as fast as an F-16, but in my favourite single seater I did stop over the threshold, turn to the waiting F-16, bow at him, then turn back and land
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Old 01-03-2014, 10:27 AM
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Andy,
We may be the last guys to actually fly a single seat fighter..UAVs are all the rage..
For now

V/R
Smokey

PS: my favorite Harrier story was a from friend of mine "Screech" while deployed to "the Stan". They were cleared hot to strafe some bad guys on a bridge until an SUV drove up with a news crew from CNN. They were extremely lucky that the Screech didn't fire. When they were back at the chow hall watching CNN they showed some reporters watching a flight of Harriers "attacking nearby" wondering why they stopped and left...Screech said they nearly choked on their lunch!

Of course all of this has nothing to do with the RV3 and MM1 except the "single seat mentality"

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Old 01-03-2014, 03:07 PM
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what about Nexus Mustang, anyone flew it?
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Old 01-03-2014, 03:56 PM
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Thought about an RV-4 or are you limiting it to the 3 and 7? You could by one and have money left for tinkering, upgrading, and flying. Flies great and has an extra seat for the times you need it.
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Old 01-04-2014, 04:21 AM
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Default have been in a similiar situation, so here are my 2cents

10G,

just a little PIREP here with what I did having had similiar thoughts - however your milage may vary.

After my RV-4 sold to France I was in the market for a RV-3A/B and I placed an ad on the respective websites and here at the VAF forum with my 'wants' and too I checked with Smokey if he is willing to check a plane if and when one comes up.

Actually a gentlemen responded re his -3A which he had not advertised until than and after agreeing the principles of the deal Smokey went to see the plane and wrote a report (which was honest and true actually) and ferried the plane around (well, sure he had some fun as well http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjkhwVsN4MU). Too, I was able to use his network and the plane got tinkered up a bit and than shipped to Gemany. Smokey, Brad, Ron and Jesse: again a big Thank You, mates.

As the report said there was stuff to work on and a couple of friends have improved a lot since (I am not a builder): partly new wiring under the panel and relocation of the battery (could not brake on the LH side due to the battery tray when LE rudder was applied), safetied all nuts and bolts for aileron and rudder / elevator, new alternator and cosmetics (i.e. fairings …). All great now and the only obvious (maybe it never stops ...) thing left to do is a different offset angle of the rudder stabilizer. Many thanks to Wolfgang, Gerd and Daniel for helping on this - without you guys it could have been accomplished for sure.

So what I have now is a 2010 built RV-3A with now ca. 75 hrs TT, with an O-320 with 75 hrs SMOH and a Catto prop with 75 hrs SNEW (check it out on Randy's Unofficial RV-3 website) and decent avionics.

AND: the -3 rocks! Very versatile (well, having in mind it is a single seater) ie. with tanks half full I am not getting outclimbed by an IO-360 powered RV-8 (if I get some 30 secs. lead on T/O) and than I can cruise say at 4500FT density ALT at 140+ KTAS with as little as 6 GPH to cover 350+ NM or go faster at higher FF.

To mee it can do what the -4 can do all a bit better (lacking one seat, well, say 3/4 of a usable seat when W&B comes into play, at least at my 210 lbs in the front seat) however it looks cooler (love the -4 but to me it looks a bit awkward the pilot sitting a bit too much in the front under the canopy - pls no one of the -4 drivers getting offended - and I love the P-51 look and as I like to taxi with the canopy open).

Well, why am I telling you this ....

Don't let the distance to the US put you off, make good use of the network which exists in the RV community ... and pay back by letting other people know what you have learned (and pay your dues to DR, of course). However you will need to tinker up the plane here either yourself or with a couple of builder friends, very imortant I'd like to say - but is worth the effort as you already mentioned the US market offers way more options.

Too, you could check the quite advanced RV-3 project which my friend Matthias has sitting in his workshop in South Germany (just PM me and I can let you know more details) - about only some 150 - 300 hrs to first flight.

Anyway, all just my personal opinion however you are free to contact me anytime you'd like to do so, Heinz
P.S. I nearly forgot to mention: I partly own a 4 seater still (the PH-ERD) and if you go for a single seater it might make sense to make sure you have access to a 2 seater or such; however on 95% of my flying I fly alone as in this way I can do it all at my pace, I don't need to put anyone else at risk, no one talks to me all the time and I can just shut up, too.
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c.) bought flying at 51 TT: Vans RV-3A, PH-URZ .... now at 150 hrs (and having fun )

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Old 01-04-2014, 04:54 AM
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Jumbo thanks for your input

would you mind disclosure, how much you paid for shipping, vat, customs, maybe over PM?

I personally hate when people ask me about... how much I spent for this or that.... and my usual response is you dont ask weamen about ages and man about money so I will completly understand If you are not willing to share this information
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Old 01-04-2014, 07:13 AM
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... you'll have a PM in a couple of minutes.

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