I am a 29 year old gyroplane pilot w/ a fresh FW PPL. I have been flying for 6 years and 500+ hours in gyroplanes and 50 or so hours in FW including a couple in a Citabria (no TW endorsement). I want to purchase my own plane that can take my wife and I to see family around the Midwest and also just pleasure fly. I looked at RV's and similar higher performance taildraggers and want to know how much of a handful are the Thorps to transition in to? I fly a very high performance gyroplane and fly what can be considered aerobatics for the aircraft. We have the same hype in our community that says you can't fly a certain gyro or its not a beginner gyro and it all depends on your natural ability and most of the time it just means it takes a little more training to do.... My question are:
Is the Thorp too much of an airplane for your first plane? (I ask because i would rather not buy a slow docile dog of a plane to learn in knowing its not what I would like to fly)
How long is an expected transition training course for a Thorp owner?
BTW check out how us fling wings like to fly here: (this is me and my previous and current machine) A real flying lawnchair!
There are two thoughts that always come to mind when talking to people about transitioning to a T-18.
1. If I can do it, any able bodied, level headed knucklehead can. (150 hr tri gear renter pilot prior to T-18) 2. Everyone learns at a different pace with different capabilities, egos, and levels of common sense.