Regular readers (both of you) will know that I go on and on about the quality of my landings in the RV-6. Irregular readers (hint: try more fiber in your diet) will just have to take my word for it: a smooth landing in my RV is the exception rather than the norm, and I do talk about it here a lot.
In any event, I was reading a thread in the wonderful RV related forum run by Mr. Doug Reeves (I often refer to is as 'the Dreeves Forum') and came across a couple of sentiments about landing RVs that I thought I'd share:
I also wonder about the "easiest to land" comments and am unable to justify them with the RV landings I see at fly-ins.
It is my experience that the tailgear RV is difficult to land "perfectly" on a real consistent basis. The short wings require the pilot to be precisely on target for correct airspeed and glide angle in order to grease a landing. The springy gear is unforgiving of high sink rates and/or high landing speed. Too much of either will launch the plane into a series of hops resulting in the landings often observed when RVs flock together.
Don't get me wrong, RV's are very straightforward landing airplanes. I'm just thinking about how easy it is to get a frequent PERFECT landing...minimum float, silky arrival, no hops chirps or bounces. RV's have very springy gear and are sensitive to airspeed.
Among tailwheel airplanes, my observations are that RV's are the most frequently bounced of any type I've seen.
It's nice to know that I'm not the only one.