RanchPilot wrote:I'm 6'2", and I think the Found BH and 206 are both very comfortable. If you are 6'3" and 290, I would think a 180 or 185 is going to have you rubbing shoulders with your front seat passenger quite a bit.
Speaking of passengers, the back seats of the 206 are more passenger-friendly than the sling seat in the BH. I've been pleasantly surprised at how comfortable the sling seat can be--but only for 2 people. I wouldn't want to be the third person stuck in the middle on a long trip. Based only on my limited experience, I think the BH is a better cargo plane which sometimes carries passengers, whereas the 206 is a better passenger plane which sometimes hauls cargo. (not counting you Alaska guys, who do things with planes I'll never dream of)
The training wheel on the 206 is also more friendly than the 180/185 if you don't have much tailwheel time (I haven't flown the tricycle version of the BH). If choosing between BH and 185, I also think the BH has much better viz over the nose on taxi and approach.
Personally, I prefer the BH over the 185. However, as much as I love taildraggers, unless I planned on spending a lot of time landing in really tough places, I would go with the 206. So many great places like Johnson Creek and others in the backcountry are perfectly accessible without a tailwheel, and without having to worry about swapping ends. It sounds like blasphemy to hear myself say it out loud, but it's the truth.
Bam Bam wrote:Well I didn't expect this outcome to what I felt was a legitimate inquiry. I appreciate all the PM's and no I don't hold any animosity for the any fellow BCP ers. All though I may visit Nevada, I WUD suggest someone buckling up his chin strap... My inquiry was not to rub in peoples noses, or express in anyway I was better than them. I have a Beech Baron, which I have tentatively sold and was going to add some much earned savings to purchase my dream aircraft. I have flown enough of the airways over the years, my wife and I simply want to start enjoying the low and slow life style. Perhaps I should have elaborated additional info on the earlier post.
As for the grammar lessons, this is the part of the discussion I actually enjoyed, I tend to spend much of my time on my BBM and I guess I have developed some bad habits.
Now back to your replies, I am a larger guy 6'3 290 lbs so some of the tandem type tail draggers I simply can't fit in, A super cub I wear like a shoe..(open for comments) I haven't seen a Top Cub or similar I heard and read they have a larger cabin. I have been in a Maule albeit a M5 but seems comfortable enough. My concern with the larger birds ie. 180's and 185's is my comfort level in flying them, I don't have much tail dragger time so that is a concern. LSA's don't have the useful load I require, the ones I have read about. Although I liked the Highlander. Cessna 206 I like as well, but was kinda leaning towards a tail wheel.
Anyway, again I appreciate almost all the comments, and I hope to meet some of you over the coming months at Johnson Creek etc.
Zane wrote:Don't fear the tailwheel. They are definitely to be shown great respect, but I know several guys who have bought truly awesome 182's only to heed the call of the 'dragger and trade up later because... Taildraggers are fun. Why? There is little in the way of rationale, as very few of us really need that clearance, but they are just more fun.
Spend some time in a 8GCBC Scout (great for big guys) and get good at crosswind handling. Your rudder reflexes will improve and by the time you climb into a bigger heavier taildragger, it won't be an issue. Guys who learned in taildraggers rarely express much anxiety about them, but guys who learned in trikes (me) know exactly how that feels. It's all muscle memory.
I wudn't bullshit you.
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