Flyin'Dutch' wrote:Are these RVs not meant to be easy?
Asking for a friend.
This thread has put me right off getting one.
"Easy" is a matter of experience & opinion. Someone with hundreds of hours on a tailwheel IO-540 powered Maule would not have any difficulty; but someone with only a few hours on a Cub or Taylorcraft might struggle.
RVs all have high speed; high energy; very slippery and low drag and low landing speeds. This is what makes them so appealing and valuable. And perhaps challenging.
They can be landed on microlight strips (in the right hands). Dick van whossisname was very clever in what he made, despite being (then) an amateur.
He has since developed many models (including the 4-seat RV10; about the same size of a Cirrus). The Rotax-powered models I'm not so sure about; but that's a matter of opinion.