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I would suggest not just a checkout in another tailwheel airplane before a
single seat Pitts but rather quite a bit of tailwheel time, all of it in
general handling and in the pattern, before checking out in a two-seat Pitts
first. I say this not because the Pitts is difficult to fly, or to land,
because it isnt, but its not a good airplane to learn to fly tailwheels
on. It lands fast and has poor forward vis, all of which are easily
manageable, but youd be better off getting quite a few hours in a Cub or
Taylorcraft or the like first. Everything happens much more slowly in those
machines than a Pitts.
Thats how I did it, your mileage may vary.
> How does one get checked out in a single seater
> I am taking a basic aerobatics instruction course.
> How would a single-seat check out proceed.
> The Pitts is a tail wheel so would a check out in
> another tail wheel come first?
> Herb Martin, PP-SEL
> (...and aerobatic student)
> Try ADDS for great Weather too:
> "Rick Macklem"
> > iflyatiger (email@example.com) wrote:
> > : I see that no one has mentioned the ZLIN aircraft yet
> > : http://www.zlinusa.com/ I do believe they make a 4 seater that is
> > : and I dont think it is considered experimental. I saw one of the 2
> > : versions of the zlin at my airport the other day and it looked very
> > : heavy duty, well made and very cool.. Good luck.
> > As I understand it, the two seater is approved for aerobatics, but the
> > four seater is not. I also suspect that they are out of his price range.
> > Ive seen an aerobatic Bonanza (F33?), but it would be out of the price
> > range you mentioned, as well.
> > Once you get past the checkout, a single place Pitts can be a very cost
> > effective single seat aerobatic airplane, that fits in a corner of a
> > for a typical four seater. In other words, a C172 or PA28 + Pitts S1
> > be cheaper than a four seater that does aerobatics?
> > Good luck with the search, rick
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