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    Default S-9 Landing, Take Off and Ground Handling?

    I'm seriously looking at building a S-9 with 80HP Rotax 912.

    So far I only have 25 hours of combined tailwheel time in Champ, J-3 Cub and Luscombe. How does S-9 landing, take off, and overall ground handling compare to those airplanes? Are there modifications that builders make to improve overall ground handling? Most of my aerobatic time has been in a Cessna Aerobat.

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    You have 5 times the amount of tailwheel time I had when I did the first flight on my S-10. If the landing gear is rigged properly during the build, they will track straight as an arrow on takeoff and landing. I never had an issue with my S-10.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RANSCLAN.com View Post
    You have 5 times the amount of tailwheel time I had when I did the first flight on my S-10. If the landing gear is rigged properly during the build, they will track straight as an arrow on takeoff and landing. I never had an issue with my S-10.
    Mark,

    Appreciate your feedback. I'm trying to be sure about everything before ordering a kit. Looking forward to meeting Randy and folks from RANs at 2018 Sun N Fun. Your S-10 build is a beautiful airplane, too.

    Thanks,
    Last edited by rideandfly; 11-12-2017 at 08:41 PM.
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    You will find it a piece of cake, I had flown Cub, Kitfox and Auster before the S-9 and it was by far the easiest of the lot. Just have to remember that you always three point it for Takeoff and Landing due to prop clearance.
    Mid wing results in some blind spots but you soon get used to them and it slips nicely or fly a curved approach for a better view. One of the most fun aircraft I have flown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aerolame View Post
    You will find it a piece of cake, I had flown Cub, Kitfox and Auster before the S-9 and it was by far the easiest of the lot. Just have to remember that you always three point it for Takeoff and Landing due to prop clearance.
    Mid wing results in some blind spots but you soon get used to them and it slips nicely or fly a curved approach for a better view. One of the most fun aircraft I have flown.

    Shane,

    Appreciate your reply! Looks like I'm going to build a S-9!

    Thanks,
    Bill

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    There is an S9 at Laney's and another one at Long Island airpark. Teddy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teddy View Post
    There is an S9 at Laney's and another one at Long Island airpark. Teddy
    I'm looking for one to sit in. Will give you a call, Thanks!
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