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Today was the big day. After over 3 years of building I got to do the first flight. So easy after 11 years of training on my Corby Starlet. A great flight in reasonable conditions, but cloud at 3000'.

 

So easy to land when you can see ahead in the flare, but the photos look as if I put the tailwheel om first.

 

Still got the RV Grin hours later.

 

 

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Congratulations mate, thats great news.

 

We're all looking forward to seeing some pictures though, either with, or without a leggy babe posing with it.babe.gif.538cdeac3b1a1b72d121d00509ec140e.gif 080_plane.gif.36548049f8f1bc4c332462aa4f981ffb.gif

 

 

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Tail wheel first is very easy on the RV's, I've spent a bit of time in a mates rv6 and found it would touch down tail first real easy, in the end I used to round out ,get the three point attitude and just wait, the slippery buggers don't like to stay put if there's a hint of extra airspeed

 

 

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I can honestly say that 50% of my landings in the RV4 were excellent. The other ome today left a little to be desired. but it was a nasty gusting wind and I didn't have an audience.

 

 

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I prefer the tail wheel on first...012_thumb_up.gif.cb3bc51429685855e5e23c55d661406e.gif In fact isn't that the way it should be? Slight tail wheel touch then the mains?

 

 

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I like that, but in some circumstances the T/W can take a lot of load. In a Chipmunk the tailwheel has been known to push into the fuselage and jamb the elevator UP. Not a time to go around once that has happened. Normally with the T/W first it just gently lowers the mains onto the ground and rarely bounces at all. Some aircraft don't have enough elevator or the wing stalls first. Know YOUR plane. Nev

 

 

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