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Well-balanced, authoritative
flight controls

Unobstructed forward visibility

Low approach speed

Effective shock absorption

CHARLES FLOYD

Brakes that apply smoothly and
avoid locking or fading

'hands-off' at 1.3 [times stall speed in
the landing configuration] with power
off, flaps full, and the center of gravity at
the forward limit, " Krueger said. " Main
wheels can't be too far forward or too
far aft relative to the center of gravity.
This is true for taildraggers and tri-gear
airplanes although for different reasons. "
Curtis Pitts, the innovative, selftaught designer of a series of aerobatic
biplanes bearing his name, liked to say
that there were " no twitchy airplanes,
only twitchy pilots. "
By that he meant that blame for the
swerves, ground loops, and runway
excursions that were commonplace in
the short-coupled aerobatic airplanes
he designed was properly assigned to
pilots-not the aircraft themselves. And
he had a point. The Pitts rudder seems
to be imbued with power steering, and
pilots-especially those new to the
type-tend to overcontrol them. The

A long and wide wheel base

A low center of gravity

The Van's RV-12 has a knack for making
roll-on landings that build student confidence and make instructors seem like miracle
workers. Students (or pilots new to the RV-12)
may overcontrol the airplane throughout the
approach and fly too fast on final, but the
RV-12 somehow allows them to settle down in
ground effect and touch down lightly on the
main wheels.

JARGON
Type club

Looking for advice or support related to your specific type
of aircraft? Type clubs connect owners with other pilots
who fly similar aircraft for type-specific training, community,
and resources. Depending on the model you fly, a type club
might help answer your maintenance questions, host events
and informal get-togethers, or offer standardized flight and
online training.

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