- May 6, 2022
I thought RV-9s had flaps. My airplane has retractable gear, flaps, and a light blue knob. So it's "complex." But with 168 hp at max continuous power, it's a tad shy of "high performance." I know the FAA has made a lot of accommodations recently because of the dearth of complex singles, and that's kind of a mixed bag. Sometimes they allow pilots to simulate retractable gear procedures on fixed gear aircraft, and sometimes they don't. They wouldn't let me run my O-360 at 2700 rpm and say I was simulating having a 224 hp engine which was throttled back to 75% power.Having a glass panel and an in flight adjustable prop may give her what she needs for the "complex" 10 hour requirement, otherwise she would have to rent that time in a suitable airplane.