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Old 01-20-2022, 11:50 AM
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Originally Posted by luddite42 View Post
High speed taxi tests are unnecessary and riskier than just flying the thing without training, not that I'm advocating for that. Lots of people have crunched their airplanes doing high speed taxi tests thinking it's a good way to "ease into it".
Yeah - let me emphasize this. High Speed Taxi testing is really for brand new designs - not aircraft whose designs are proven already. This is because a lot can go wrong in a hurry, including premature liftoff…and now you’re flying! In fact, properly controlling an airplane during high speed taxi is a more difficult task than just taking off, flying, and landing the airplane.

I ask the original poster’s forgiveness if he is already a very experienced pilot - we don't know your background, so its kind of hard to recommend what you need. If you’re experienced in many types of Experimental aircraft, then you’ll probably have little trouble with an RV-3. If you don’t have a lot of time in light, sensitive, high performance planes, then yes - wait until you can get some good instruction in a two seat RV, then go fly the -3….its not difficult at all to fly, and pretty well mannered - you just have to be ready for the quickness.

But I’d suggest that you stop high speed taxi work until you have at least flown an RV with some good instruction - and then just go fly and enjoy your -3.

(And to directly answer the OP’s question on “what did I do”, I had flown many different types of high performance taildraggers, so after talking with several experienced -3 pilots about any potential problems, I simply went and flew it - but then, I was flying several RV’s several times a week.)

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Old 01-20-2022, 12:19 PM
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Default J3 Cub into a my RV-3

Most of my tail wheel endorsement was accomplished in a 65HP Cub, with a little time in a 150HP Citabria. To me, the RV-3 is easier to land than the Cub. After a couple of bouncers I was able to wheel it on smoothly (pavement.)

Initially the roll out gave me fits, but the culprit turned out to be a bad leak in the right brake caliper hydraulic line attachment, leaving the plane with a strong pull to the left with brakes applied especially when the rotor heated up. Repaired leak and replaced oil soaked rotor and pads, and my RV-3 became very tame on roll out.
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1980 RV-3 N3VR Bought flying Sept 2017

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Old 01-20-2022, 04:32 PM
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Originally Posted by gasman View Post
Hi neighbor. I live out by the dam. There is a VAF member that lives in Ashland and has an RV8. I will see if I can find him here and let you know. Are you based in Medford?

Found him. I sent you a PM.
I live on the airport in Shady Cove. Before that I was based out of Grants Pass.
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Old 01-20-2022, 04:38 PM
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Thanks everyone for the info and leads. I will check them out and I'm sure something will work out. BTW, this -3 was a crashed unit I purchased and repaired. It sat around for a number of years and trailered half way across the USA so I have multiple reasons for the various ground testing at this point lol. All my other experience is basically from my zenith 601 I had and 701 I'm currently flying. Big difference with the newest project.
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