I'm happy to report I had my first flight on my newly purchased RV-8, 1 hour and counting as C-FHRY
. Very happy with the airplane, handles like a little fighter
This is my redemption for selling my RV-8 project 10yrs ago (empennage/wings completed/fuse nib)
I'm definitely glad I had 9hrs with Mike Seagar in his -7 as this definitely prepared me for my first solo. Landings were as expected and I performed a nice tail low wheel landing, the 45lbs of ballast in the rear baggage definitely helped as my CG was 80.7. The stick forces were nice and no lack of elevator trim.
One thing I found was after letting the tail come down slowly and once I pinned the tail down she got a little squirrelly... I'm pretty sure I was over controlling as the tail link on the tail wheel makes control pretty sensitive.
Thx for all the great info on this forum, I've been quietly absorbing as much info as I could searching just about every subject!!