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    I love my Tri-Pacer. 31D has been a faithful friend even though I wish I spent more time with her. The drive by pilots at fly-ins are always entertaining. I just remember that at the end of the day I'm still pulling up to the hold-short for take-off while they are waiting to get out of the parking lot. Each time of find myself thinking of moving on to something faster, more modern and carries more, I find myself pulled back to the shortwing. Only thing I feel bad about, is that I know in the future I'll be looking for a Pacer so I can do more backcountry work than I can with the Tri-Pacer. I'll be faced with the tough choice of leaving 31D behind or spending $$ I may not have to convert her to a taildragger. Touch choices right? Its good to be a Shortwinger.

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    Yeah they usually laugh while chewing on a granola bar when you taxi into camp. Until you and two buddies jump out and unpack a four man tent, sleeping bags, air mattresses, hibachi, and a cooler full of steaks.
    Jason Perkins

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    Of course I’d still love a Cub, but I don’t think I’ll get rid of the Pacer as it’s such a great family plane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walt.buskey View Post
    I read that blog a few days ago.... And I realize I only have about 7 hrs in mine, but when I first saw it, it was really love at first sight. Oops... should had a better pre-buy! It's been a learning experience, to say the least, but I still don't regret it. (And maybe one of these days it'll actually get back in the air again....)

    In doing research, before & after my purchase, it came to this noobie's attention that disparaging comments are almost always made by... people who have never flown a short-wing. 'Nuf said.
    Prebuy? Whatís that? Lol I saw mine, met with the owner and bought it. Kidding kind of. It had a fresh annual by someone I knew. I find most pilots that donít like stools never had one or even been in one. The 3 guys I know that own one have owned for at least 20 years two of which are A&Ps.

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    AOPA's email from last week had a link to a nice blog post about a fairly super Pacer...

    https://blog.aopa.org/aopa/2018/11/2...n=181129epilot

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    [QUOTE=...Only thing I feel bad about, is that I know in the future I'll be looking for a Pacer so I can do more backcountry work than I can with the Tri-Pacer. I'll be faced with the tough choice of leaving 31D behind or spending $$ I may not have to convert her to a taildragger. Touch choices right? Its good to be a Shortwinger.[/QUOTE]

    Dont give up on the Tri-Pacer for backcountry. The 6x6 nosewheel does a good job if you are landing on a prepared surface. I spent a day following an experimental Super Cub and a kitfox around the backcountry here in Idaho. They both had tundra tires and there was only one airstrip we landed on that I wouldn't go to again. We spent an hour picking up fist sized rocks and throwing them off the strip. The Tri-Pacer did fine, but I dont feel the need to land on rocks just to say I can. If you keep the Tri-Pacer light and use good STOL techniques, you can go many places. If I decide I want to be able to land wherever and whenever the mood strikes, I will learn to fly helicopters!

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    If you want rough, a Pacer with big tires is awesome. If you want super soft, those big tires might also be pretty awesome. But for a lot of accessible backcountry, the Tripacer is pretty darn capable.

    Mine has 8.50x6 mains.


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    great picture Troy, the widely experienced AP/IA/CFI on the field here ( 44N ) says that if the field is too rough for an 8.50-6, it's time to pick a better field... Donn

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue44 View Post
    great picture Troy, the widely experienced AP/IA/CFI on the field here ( 44N ) says that if the field is too rough for an 8.50-6, it's time to pick a better field... Donn
    Sounds like that could be fit me pretty close.......
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