VansAirForceForums  
Home > VansAirForceForums

-POSTING RULES
-Advertise in here!
- Today's Posts | Insert Pics

Keep VAF Going
Donate methods

Point your
camera app here
to donate fast.

  #1  
Old 02-05-2018, 07:10 PM
Robb Robb is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Nevada City Ca
Posts: 260
Smile Wheel landings FINALLY

After flying my Husky for 1000 hrs and 2000 landings I am finally getting proficient at wheel landing my 7. It took a while as I am used to BIG tires and slower speeds. The RV landing gear is just so less forgiving and I kept bouncing it. Just took a little time to get the sight picture correct and the speed just right. I was three pointing it most of the time and the wheel landings are just easier on the plane in my opinion. I read through the past discussions on this topic and i really helped a lot. Jumped in the 7 and did at least 50 landings this past weekend. The key is getting the mains planted and stick forward. These plans are just plain fun to fly. Got it to 17500 on oxygen and I was amazed how fast it got these. Looks like I am stuck with two plans as I cant decide which one I like better.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 02-05-2018, 07:36 PM
Timberwolf Timberwolf is offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Navarre, FL
Posts: 385
Default

Nice. You?ve gotta have 2 planes for 2 different mission sets. We have a Murphy Rebel and an RV-6. Between the 2 they fulfill all of our mission requirements.
__________________
Shane
RV-6 IO-360 Angle valve, G3X touch
Murphy Moose M14P flying
Aero Engineer, A&P
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-05-2018, 08:24 PM
Taltruda Taltruda is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Posts: 923
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Robb View Post
After flying my Husky for 1000 hrs and 2000 landings I am finally getting proficient at wheel landing my 7. It took a while as I am used to BIG tires and slower speeds. The RV landing gear is just so less forgiving and I kept bouncing it. Just took a little time to get the sight picture correct and the speed just right. I was three pointing it most of the time and the wheel landings are just easier on the plane in my opinion. I read through the past discussions on this topic and i really helped a lot. Jumped in the 7 and did at least 50 landings this past weekend. The key is getting the mains planted and stick forward. These plans are just plain fun to fly. Got it to 17500 on oxygen and I was amazed how fast it got these. Looks like I am stuck with two plans as I cant decide which one I like better.
Nice! What TAS were you getting at 17500?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-05-2018, 11:30 PM
Robb Robb is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Nevada City Ca
Posts: 260
Default

Didn't stay there long but it was only around 145 knots
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-06-2018, 03:00 PM
jliltd's Avatar
jliltd jliltd is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Rancho San Lorenzo
Posts: 1,215
Default

Another Husky owner here (200hp w/big-assed tires). Also have an RV-3B and and an RV-8 (plus a few other airplanes off topic). They each serve their purpose. And yes, the big marshmallow tires with 5psi in them make the Husky stick easy.

While the Husky is utilitarian (and faster than a PA18 or Scout) it doesn't have the delightful handling found in the RV series. The Husky is certified to Part 23 standards and therefore very stable and granny proof. Like an SUV. Not so the RVs. They are like a sportscar.

One of the great things about a truly botched wheelie is it can usually be converted into a 3-point as after the wheelie bounce many times you find yourself slower at the right attitude for a 3-point.

Jim
__________________
Jim Ivey
RV-8
(and a few more airplanes)
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-07-2018, 09:13 AM
David-aviator David-aviator is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Chesterfield, Missouri
Posts: 4,514
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Robb View Post
After flying my Husky for 1000 hrs and 2000 landings I am finally getting proficient at wheel landing my 7. It took a while as I am used to BIG tires and slower speeds. The RV landing gear is just so less forgiving and I kept bouncing it. Just took a little time to get the sight picture correct and the speed just right. I was three pointing it most of the time and the wheel landings are just easier on the plane in my opinion. I read through the past discussions on this topic and i really helped a lot. Jumped in the 7 and did at least 50 landings this past weekend. The key is getting the mains planted and stick forward. These plans are just plain fun to fly. Got it to 17500 on oxygen and I was amazed how fast it got these. Looks like I am stuck with two plans as I cant decide which one I like better.
Neophyte that I am with tail wheel ops, I've flown the 6, 7, 8, ....do not understand why Vans is so married to the springy gear system of the 6 and 7. The gear legs are like spaghetti taking off or landing.

The 8 with its firm gear system is a different and better airplane taking off or landing.

Congrats of breaking the code with the 7.
__________________
RV-12 Build Helper
RV-7A...Sold #70374
The RV-8...Sold #83261
I'm in, dues paid 2019 This place is worth it!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-07-2018, 09:31 AM
rvbuilder2002's Avatar
rvbuilder2002 rvbuilder2002 is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Hubbard Oregon
Posts: 9,667
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by David-aviator View Post
Neophyte that I am with tail wheel ops, I've flown the 6, 7, 8, ....do not understand why Vans is so married to the springy gear system of the 6 and 7. The gear legs are like spaghetti taking off or landing.

The 8 with its firm gear system is a different and better airplane taking off or landing.

Congrats of breaking the code with the 7.
I can't help but smile and shake my head when I read something like this, since if you believe what is written here in the forums, the RV-8 is the most difficult of the 3 when it comes to making nice landings

As for the round gear legs.... you should add the 3, 4, 10 and 14, to your list as well. There are very specific engineering reasons that make the round legs a good choice (that would require more than just a short note to explain).
It can't be a totally bad choice..... Cessna changed from flat gear legs to round gear legs decades ago.......
__________________
Opinions, information and comments are my own unless stated otherwise. They do not necessarily represent the direction/opinions of my employer.

Scott McDaniels
Hubbard, Oregon
Van's Aircraft Engineering Prototype Shop Manager
FAA/DAR
RV-6A (aka "Junkyard Special ")
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 02-07-2018, 10:50 AM
ChuckGant's Avatar
ChuckGant ChuckGant is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Collierville, TN (M41)
Posts: 129
Default

Quote:
There are very specific engineering reasons that make the round legs a good choice (that would require more than just a short note to explain).
When you have time, would you post an explanation? I?m sure many of us would love to know.

OP, so... what?s your technique?
__________________
RV7 - N533CV
Based at Holly Springs, MS (M41), near Memphis, TN

The clouds beckon. I must go fly.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 02-07-2018, 01:39 PM
Raymo's Avatar
Raymo Raymo is offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Richmond Hill, GA (KLHW)
Posts: 2,340
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by David-aviator View Post
Neophyte that I am with tail wheel ops, I've flown the 6, 7, 8, ....do not understand why Vans is so married to the springy gear system of the 6 and 7. The gear legs are like spaghetti taking off or landing.
Maybe the -7 gear is substantially different than the -7A but I love the way mine handles landings. Not bouncy at all and very forgiving of the occasional mis-judgement of height above runway.
__________________
Ray
RV-7A - Slider - N495KL - First flt 27 Jan 17
O-360-A4M w/ AFP FM-150 FI, Dual PMags, Vetterman Trombone Exh, SkyTech starter, BandC Alt (PP failed after 226 hrs)
Catto 3 blade NLE, FlightLines Interior, James cowl, plenum & intake, Anti-Splat -14 seat mod and nose gear support
All lines by TSFlightLines (aka Hoser)
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:59 AM.


The VAFForums come to you courtesy Delta Romeo, LLC. By viewing and participating in them you agree to build your plane using standardized methods and practices and to fly it safely and in accordance with the laws governing the country you are located in.