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Thread: Prebuy and shopping in the Carolinas?

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    Default Prebuy and shopping in the Carolinas?

    Well folks, you have pretty much convinced me that a Pacer is going to fit my mission so unless someone sells me a 4-place Bearhawk for 1/3 its value Iím probably gonna buy a Pacer.

    i want to be ready when I see what I want and get as much lined up in advance as possible. Is there a preferred person being used in the SE that offers excellent pre-buy services, if so who?

    i will need tailwheel training; short of finding a Pacer to train in, would a j3 or decathlon be appropriate to transition from?

    how often to 150+ HP versions come available in the SE (just to manage my own expectations)?

    thx

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    Default Re: Prebuy and shopping in the Carolinas?

    This instructor was giving Pacer training in SC:

    http://www.shortwingpipers.org/forum...l=1#post108031
    Bill
    48 PA-17 Vag C-85

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    Default Re: Prebuy and shopping in the Carolinas?

    I would consider a J-3 to be a little tame for transitioning into a Shortwing.
    "Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement." - Fred Brooks

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    Default Re: Prebuy and shopping in the Carolinas?

    Any tailwheel experience you can get will help. I was flying a Champ when I purchased my Pacer and had almost 300 hours in the Champ plus some time in a Glasair TD and a Pitts. The Pacer still surprised me with its bungee cord gear and being short coupled. However, it is just another airplane and I'm sure after a couple of hours you will get comfortable flying it.


    Good luck with your search, the Pacer is really a nice performer and very much under appreciated by the rest of the pilot community.


    Juergen
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    Default Re: Prebuy and shopping in the Carolinas?

    My insurance required 2 hours of dual instruction in the Vag before I could solo. I was already grandfathered in for the tailwheel endorsement. Mikey gave me instruction in the Vag. He teaches out of Mooresville NC, here's his website:

    http://acrodynamics.org/
    Last edited by rideandfly; 04-02-2019 at 08:20 AM.
    Bill
    48 PA-17 Vag C-85

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    Default Re: Prebuy and shopping in the Carolinas?

    Quote Originally Posted by rideandfly View Post
    This instructor was giving Pacer training in SC:

    http://www.shortwingpipers.org/forum...l=1#post108031
    not sure this guy is still in the game...no response via txt or phone call

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    Default Re: Prebuy and shopping in the Carolinas?

    I live in Charleston, and fly primarily out of Walterboro. I recently purchased a 1950 Pacer, and will be finishing my PPL in it. My CFI specializes in tailwheel training. He primarily trains in his C-120 and C-170. He owns a C-195 and a Stearman as well, and has access to a Citabria for upset recovery training. Check out acebasinaviation.com for contact info.

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