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Old 04-28-2023, 04:43 PM
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Default RV8 Transition Training

I'm looking to buy an IFR RV8 and I live in Virginia. Are there any transition training CFIs in the mid-Atlantic area?
Keith Roxo MD, FAA HIMS Senior AME
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Old 04-28-2023, 06:50 PM
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Just like hard case medicals, it’s worth the time and expense to go to an expert. That’s why I went to Texas and flew with Bruce Bohannon, and I was not disappointed.

But, you and your insurance company can probably be satisfied with training in a -7 if you must stay in the mid-Atlantic.
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Old 04-28-2023, 08:29 PM
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Not a must, but certainly convenient. I did just find the official list on Van’s website as well.
Keith Roxo MD, FAA HIMS Senior AME
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Old 08-09-2023, 05:06 PM
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May I ask how many hours you spent flying with Bruce?
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Old 08-09-2023, 05:57 PM
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Bruce Bohannon has a wealth of knowledge and is an excellent instructor. And he is a great guy.
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Old 08-09-2023, 06:26 PM
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Go fly with Bruce! He will tell you when youíre good. I have lots of TW time but my insurance company wanted 5 hrs in type. Flew with Bruce for 1 hour and he said your good to go. Called insurance company back and they reduced my requirement to 1 hour. Itís was a great time!

Practice your golf swing. He offered me double or nothing closest to the pin. He has a green about 75m from the hangar. I didnít take the challenge.
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Old 08-10-2023, 08:14 AM
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Another vote for Bruce and his RV-8. He's good at explaining and demonstrating, and he's quite a character. His home grass strip is maybe a 30 minute drive from Houston Hobby, but he does most of the take-off and landing practice at a nearby airport with a nice, long paved runway. Plenty of places to stay and eat on the SW side of Houston while you're there.

If you schedule soon, you will have absolutely no worry about getting rained out of any training sessions and you'll get to practice higher density altitude take-offs while at sea level. It has been soooo stinkin' hot and dry here for months.

Check with your insurance company, but most will accept transition training in any RV tailwheel aircraft if you're looking to get an RV-8. I believe mine wanted ten hours transition training since I had minimal tailwheel time.
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Old 08-10-2023, 10:42 AM
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Originally Posted by WesSC00 View Post
May I ask how many hours you spent flying with Bruce?
I did 3.8 hrs with Bruce. My insurance only required transition training. It didn't specify any minimum hours.
RV-8 Flying as of 12-4-21. Phase 1 completed 6-25-22
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Old 08-10-2023, 04:47 PM
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I had many hours TW time when I got my transition training and my insurance agent allowed me to use any CFI that used a Van's tailwheel aircraft to fly with me until he would sign me off. I flew about 3 hours in the right seat of his RV-6.
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Old 08-15-2023, 09:34 PM
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I flew just over 5 hours with Bruce Bohannon in the RV-8. Highly recommended. Iíve got almost 180 hours and a few hundred safe landings since then in my -8.
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