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Old 06-29-2022, 11:35 PM
Stewbronco Stewbronco is offline
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Default Weight on tail wheel

Hi folks ….just wondering how many pounds on your tail wheel as last weigh in ….? …..also what would be your max passenger / baggage weight ? Thanks. Stew

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Old 06-29-2022, 11:43 PM
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Mine is at 53.5#
RV-6A/O-320 /FP/refurb in progress.
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Old 06-29-2022, 11:55 PM
Stewbronco Stewbronco is offline
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Default What is your max passenger/ baggage weight ?

Sorry …should have added the additional question ….thanks for response. Cheers. Stew
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Old 06-30-2022, 05:40 AM
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Default 50/200 ish

Stew, my T/W weight was around 47 lbs. when I first weighed it and my "personal" limit for passenger is 200 lbs. The figures posted are somewhat irrelevant because its possible to have variance in T/W weight based on nose weight as you can surmise. My personal experience with RV-4's, mine included ,is that if the plane is within build/W&B recommendations from Vans, your back seaters weight capability may exceed what your comfortable handling in various conditions. If I have a "hefty" person that wants an RV grin, I make sure I'm at full fuel (CG moves FWD), smoke tank (in cargo area) is empty and I set my trim for take-off to my hefty PAX position. I can carry more than a 200 lb. person because I have before, but the pitch just gets too sensitive, and any emergency maneuver like bird avoidance or go-around requires forward thinking before doing, or the G-meter gets excited or the nose rockets up on go-around. Also, if you are traveling, and fly to minimum fuel (CG AFT) things can really get your attention. Plenty of folks on here have had the 220-275 lb. PAX, but that is no fun! Again, these are personal limits for me, and i dont make many exceptions.
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Old 06-30-2022, 06:20 AM
swjohnsey swjohnsey is online now
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I have a nose heavy RV-4, IO-360, Hartzel CS prop, tail wheel 40.6. What they said about heavy pax. It can get very interesting. Be wary of takeoff trim setting and don't try to three point it.
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Old 06-30-2022, 08:53 AM
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Location: Payson, AZ
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I, too have a nose heavy plane. I worked up to my aft CG comfort level with weights in backpacks secured in the rear seat and baggage compartment.
I can fly comfortably with 200 lbs. in the back.
"The plane won't build itself..." RV-7A N7.62MM sold
-RV4 purchased. Extensive refurbishment complete. “Takes off by it’s self, flys hands off, lands by it’s self...”
-HRII project: paint and panel to go!
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Old 07-01-2022, 03:19 PM
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53 lbs.

I limit passengers to 160 lbs.
RV-4 - 160HP O-320 - Sensenich GA
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