February 3, 2021
Yes I flew with Alex DeDominicis. I would highly recommend getting some transition training. Even if you have 10,000 hours in every kind of airplane made since the invention of the aileron.
I didn't find the RV-6 to be a particularly difficult airplane to fly but it is different. It does EVERYTHING in a hurry. Especially if you are planning a constant speed prop. Managing that propeller really gave me fits.
I suspect that most people think that it's difficult because it's a taildragger but it was the easiest taildragger that I have ever flown. You can put it on the runway crooked and it'll just go whichever direction it's pointed once it touches down. It handles very nicely on the runway. It was difficult for me because I have never flown an airplane that had to be managed like that in the pattern. Every pilot knows that good approaches breed good landings but in the RV it is absolutely essential to nail the approach.
Before I showed up I figured I'd spend a couple of hours learning to land the airplane and then a couple of hours on emergency procedures and that'd be it. Well I spent 1 hour learning how to fly the thing, 4 learning how to land it and about 45 minutes on emergency procedures.
I plan to go back and fly with Alex again right before my airplane is ready to fly just as a refresher.
Alex is a good teacher and his price is more than fair. You spend years building your airplane and tens of thousands of dollars why not use a couple of vacation days and a few hundred bucks making sure that your skills are sharp. Check out Alex's website here.
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