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Old 05-18-2020, 03:12 PM
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Default To Tailwheel or not to Tailwheel

Tailwheel easier to build?
More legroom up front?
Visibility in -14?
Lighter?
Faster?
Economy?

I'm mostly (95%) going into and out of paved runways, so no real advantage, unless it's easier, leg roomier, visibility isn't impaired, lighter, faster, and uses less fuel.

Corse I've never flown one, so that's another reason to do it!

Any MAJOR downsides to tailwheel besides risk of nose-over on hard braking?

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Old 05-18-2020, 04:00 PM
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The cost of insurance is one thing. Why pay more than you need to.
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Old 05-18-2020, 05:13 PM
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I think most people worry about ground loop more than nose over. I believe that is the reason for increased insurance rates for low time tailwheel pilots. If I was you I'd get some dual instruction in a tailwheel, maybe a Citabria if you can find it.
That being said I fly an RV6 and am building an RV8, I do have a lot of tail dragger time, but an RV is not a really hard tailwheel airplane to fly.
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Old 05-18-2020, 05:13 PM
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The cost of insurance is one thing. Why pay more than you need to.
I heard insurance wasn't available for experimentals. I guess this is incorrect?
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Old 05-18-2020, 05:15 PM
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I think most people worry about ground loop more than nose over. I believe that is the reason for increased insurance rates for low time tailwheel pilots. If I was you I'd get some dual instruction in a tailwheel, maybe a Citabria if you can find it.
That being said I fly an RV6 and am building an RV8, I do have a lot of tail dragger time, but an RV is not a really hard tailwheel airplane to fly.
Good to know.
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Old 05-18-2020, 05:16 PM
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Yes insurance is available. Search for it here on VAF, there are any number of threads.

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Old 05-18-2020, 06:15 PM
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Default Definitely tail wheel

Definitely build the tailwheel version. Have you seen the two? The tailwheel version looks like it?s going 200 knots just sitting there, yet the nose wheel version looks like it would be right at home with a ?student driver? banner across the windshield and a handicap permit hanging from the rear view mirror! Take some tailwheel lessons and learn to really fly. I would be more afraid of nose overs in the a models...
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Old 05-18-2020, 06:22 PM
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Tail Wheel. It is faster, lighter, cheaper, better on rough fields and will make you a better pilot.
Your learning new building skills why not new flying skills.
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Old 05-18-2020, 07:15 PM
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So you got some subjective opinion, here is the objective one


Nose wheel
Pros:
- Cheaper insurance
- Easier/safer to handle during x-wind landing
- Better visibility during taxing (safer)
- No concern about nose wheel like it is with 6/7/8/9 (entirely different nose wheel

Cons:
- Heavier by around 15-20 lb
- slower by around 2 or 3knots

P.S. the chance of nose over with hard breaking exist for the tail dragger not the nose dragger. A friend of mine did just that during taxing and had to do a tear down/new prop with his rocket.
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Old 05-18-2020, 08:37 PM
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So you got some subjective opinion, here is the objective one


Nose wheel
Pros:
- Cheaper insurance
- Easier/safer to handle during x-wind landing
- Better visibility during taxing (safer)
- No concern about nose wheel like it is with 6/7/8/9 (entirely different nose wheel

Cons:
- Heavier by around 15-20 lb
- slower by around 2 or 3knots

P.S. the chance of nose over with hard breaking exist for the tail dragger not the nose dragger. A friend of mine did just that during taxing and had to do a tear down/new prop with his rocket.
I hear Rockets are prone to tip because the long nose and heavy engine. .other than that, I don't think regular RVs are prone to nose over. .have you seen that recently posted video where the nose gear breaks off? I haven't seen the nose gear on the 14 in person, but I cringe whenever I see an "A" model RV. They are supposed to be tailwheel! Now if only we could get Van to offer a tailwheel 10!
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