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Old 10-21-2014, 05:31 PM
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Default Finally... a *REAL* RV Grin!

Some of you may recall that this newbie tailwheel pilot had a heck of a time landing my new (to me) RV-8 when I bought it last summer. Scared myself so bad in three attempts that I was afraid to fly it and almost sold it.

But I perservered and spent this past summer and fall getting dual tailwheel instruction in a brand new Xtreme Decathlon (my 8 has no rear controls). After 25 hours of dual and 50 landings in all conditions, I took my final dual flight this morning and then soloed in my RV-8.

MUCH SUCCESS! Two low passes, followed by two absolute greaser wheel landings! I love my RV-8 again, and I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. Now I can't wait to fly it!

Since my original RV grin post was made while I was still trembling from my first bad landing last year, I decided to post today's RV grin, which is much more genuine!

Thanks to everyone on this terrific board for your advice and support.

Joe Zuffoletto
RV-8 (flying)
Fullerton, CA (KFUL)
2021 dues paid!
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Old 10-21-2014, 05:36 PM
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Good one Joe

Methinks this may show up on the front page tomorrow.........................
Mike Starkey
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Rv-10, N210LM.

Flying as of 12/4/2010

Phase 1 done, 2/4/2011

Sold after 240+ wonderful hours of flight.

"Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding or doing anything about it."

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Old 10-21-2014, 05:56 PM
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Nice job Joe. As a fairly new tail wheel pilot I know it was challenging but once you get comfortable with it, she will become a part of you and you'll wonder how you ever flew "the other way" Way to stick to it. . . it certainly is a great sense of accomplishment. Now go fly the heck out of your beautiful bird.
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Old 10-21-2014, 07:53 PM
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You da man Joe!
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Old 10-21-2014, 08:04 PM
humptybump humptybump is offline
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Way to "git er dun!"

It sounds a bit like my transition training. I logged 59 landings
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Old 10-21-2014, 08:07 PM
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I know your feeling! Rvmills let me try and crash his 6 over and over again (I never really did get it) and the hype around the 8 had me super nervous about flying mine for the first time.

One morning the wind was calm, the airport was empty, and I had 40 gallons worth of go arounds to try and get it right! Now Vlad has me following him into little 1900x40 strips.

It definitely needs its respect but it's not the monster some make it out to be. Keep your crosswind limits low for a few hours and work your way up, in the mean time congrats!
Next?, TBD
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Old 10-22-2014, 06:59 AM
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Way to go Joe!
Perseverance pay off

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Old 10-22-2014, 07:40 AM
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Outstanding post!
Way to go, Joe!
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Old 10-22-2014, 07:44 AM
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Default Good going!

Good going Joe! Not a bad looking airplane either!
Jay Pratt VAF #2
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Old 10-22-2014, 07:47 AM
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Good work sir, well done!
Ron Duren
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