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Old 06-10-2016, 10:48 AM
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Default Flying an RV is.....

When I talk with student pilots or GA pilots who have never flown an RV I always try to describe what it is like to fly one. I have a hard time expressing what it is really like. I've said that "C or P" brands are like a Yugo or VW Bug and an RV is a Porsche. I have never driven a Porsche or a Yugo (many of the younger generation don't even know what a Yugo is/was) but I did own a Bug or two.

So I am throwing this question out the RV community. Please finish the sentence.

Flying an RV is ?
Dream it, Build it, Fly it

Paul Merems (EAA Tech Counselor, EAA Sheetmetal Workshop Instructor/Volunteer 18 yrs)
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Old 06-10-2016, 10:51 AM
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Default Flying an RV is.......

The definition of sport aviation.
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Old 06-10-2016, 11:04 AM
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C and P are like Chevy RV is like a Miata with wings.
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Old 06-10-2016, 11:07 AM
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I like the VW vs Porche comparison. Both have horizontally opposed, air cooled 4 cylinder engines, just like Cherokees and RVs. Compare the performance and handling of the two and it is appropriate.

I owned a Cherokee 140 until my first ride in a RV-8 and subsequent ride in an F1 Rocket. I also owned a 1973 Super Beetle and stepped up to a 1973 Mustang shortly after.
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Old 06-10-2016, 11:40 AM
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Station Wagon/Truck v.s. Sports Car.
Same idea.....
Smart People do Stupid things all the time. I know, I've seen me do'em.

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Old 06-10-2016, 11:51 AM
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It's a little different for us 10 drivers...

An old 182 is like driving a 1983 Chevy Caprice Wagon.

The RV10 is like driving a 2016 Audi Q7
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Old 06-10-2016, 01:32 PM
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I just tell people double your rate of climb and add 50 knots to your cruise speed.

Granted, ive never flown an RV, but im building one
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Old 06-10-2016, 01:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Robin8er View Post
I just tell people double your rate of climb and add 50 knots to your cruise speed.

Granted, ive never flown an RV, but im building one
That's pretty accurate actually, but do it all on less fuel.
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Old 06-10-2016, 01:47 PM
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i like the bug 911 comparison, because at the basic level they are the same car, flat motor, rear engine, basic floor pan are all the same idea. in the early years, not much difference in weight and size, but two different ends of the performance spectrum.

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Old 06-10-2016, 02:15 PM
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Like comparing a Corvette to a Chevy Suburban.
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