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Chit-chat / Re: Taming the Taildragger Pilot
« Last post by hotrod180 on October 17, 2017, 10:11:50 PM »
Good looking airplane!
Just keep your eyes looking far down the runway, and your feet moving.
Chit-chat / Re: Taming the Taildragger Pilot
« Last post by will moffitt on October 17, 2017, 08:37:51 PM »
Sure, give me a little warning.  Anyone else in?

Chit-chat / Re: Taming the Taildragger Pilot
« Last post by N804RV on October 17, 2017, 08:30:34 PM »
Don't think I'm ready for Concrete yet.  Yesterday was the first time I was able to make the first turn off at Arlington.  And, that was with a good headwind. 

I was thinking about seeing if you wanted to meet at Skagit again.  Say, the next decent day.  Since I'm hangared at Arlington, that's just about half-way between us.

Chit-chat / Re: Taming the Taildragger Pilot
« Last post by will moffitt on October 17, 2017, 08:23:01 PM »
You are right about the short couple taildraggers.  I always heard about Luscombe's being bad.  A friend bought one and it is a piece of cake compared to my starduster.  I call the landings a combination of an orgasm and a near death experience.   Nice looking plane Ken.  I know you will enjoy it.  Maybe we can go to lunch again, say Concrete?

Chit-chat / Re: ADS-B Early Experience
« Last post by Ddayle on October 17, 2017, 04:33:42 PM »
I have been using ADS-B in for a couple of months.  It i doesn't show everyone, yet, but i shows a lot more than i can see.   recently I didn't climb  because the box saw a  plane 1100' above and 1 mile in trail at the same speed.  I might have climbed up under him.  between FF and ADS-b , beacon and STROBES I try to use every tool in my box.  I can't wait to get the Out next month,   I have that same  Apparero unit ordered.  I'm not much for hiding,,, HEY everyone ,,HERE  I AM!!!!...
Chit-chat / Taming the Taildragger Pilot
« Last post by N804RV on October 17, 2017, 03:38:13 PM »
Well,  I bought the little Sonerai (as my new avatar shows).  I drove it back from Texas in the back of a 22' Penske box truck.  Sustained minor damage during the move, snapped the tailwheel spring.  Although, after looking at it, I suspect that with 10 years and 500+ hours of operations from grass, that might be a good thing.

Replacing the tailwheel spring was pretty easy.  I took my time getting to know the aircraft, going over all the annual inspection items, and a couple of special emphasis areas that the Sonerai builder's support suggested.  The hardest part was figuring out the wing-fold thing.  The first couple of times was a real PITA.  But, I got it down pretty well.  Then, my hangar mate and I figured out a way to park both aircraft with the Sonerai's wings spread.  Much easier.  But, still gotta reshuffle the hangar deck to go fly.

I got a couple of hours in the back seat of Harvey's Aeronca Champ to get current in a tailwheel aircraft.  With Mr. Ebneter's guidance, I managed to make a few decent landings.  He even threw his elbows out for me a couple of times (in jest) just to further approximate the Sonerai's lack of forward viz in the landing attitude.  I did a bit of taxiing in the the Sonerai, listened to my hangar neighbor's horror stories of the "twitchy,  short-coupled nature" of little sporty tail-draggers.  But, in the end, I decided to just go fly it.

The first few landings were in a dead calm.  I'll admit I waved off several attempts before that first landing.  And even then, the tailwheel did a little side-to-side skating before I got it under control.  But, I've lived to tell the tale.

I've got over 5 hours now in the Sonerai, with about 25 takeoffs and landings.  I'm improving a bit every time.  Yesterday, as the wind started to pick up, I was once again humbled with a bounce and a go-around.  But, I think my landings are consistently survivable.

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Buy & Sell, Swap & Trade / Re: Lightspeed PFX 4034 Headset **SOLD**
« Last post by chavycha on October 17, 2017, 11:31:30 AM »
Thanks Steve, got to try it out last weekend. Well worth the $ to upgrade from my previous FlightCom ANR, which had great audio but was super uncomfortable.
Flying Techniques & Skills / Re: Night flying - Currency:
« Last post by groupw on October 17, 2017, 10:49:33 AM »
Good story and good lesson. When I read the "whump whump" I assumed seat belt slammed in the door, but that's more of a "whap whap".

I do 3 or 4 night takeoffs and landings at least every 90 days to stay current although I don't think I've ever needed it by carrying a passenger during "night" hours. I do fly occasionally at night but so far it's always been solo. For at least one, and usually two, of my night currency landings I turn off my landing light and wingtip strobes. Embarrassingly, those are often my best landings.

Flying Techniques & Skills / Re: Need Transition Training ASAP!
« Last post by Stinson Pilot on October 17, 2017, 10:25:04 AM »
Ken, hope it's going well. Gotta get up there and take a look. The Sonerai is a very fun and affordable machine.
I'm going to build another in retirement I think.
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