Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Husky Dawn Patrol
Aviat’s new Husky and the Northern Idaho backcountry make a perfect pair
Shock absorbers act independently to dampen the spring-back on each landing-gear leg, resulting in less bounce and better crosswind handling.
Those of us who have landed a Husky poorly know the model's propensity to hop, especially with tundra tires and on asphalt because of poor technique. It's certainly not a difficult airplane to land, but we noobs can easily plop it on and induce some cringe-worthy bouncing. Horn and his engineering team decided to breed that out of the airplane, making it friendly to even the greenest sticks.
Husky takes the lead in paint schemes with new colors, matching interiors and various graphics options.
I got to feel the shocks in action on a particularly lousy turn on Sandpoint's paved runway. Flaring too high, the Husky obeyed my stick and came down firmly on its marshmallow-y tundra tires. I was expecting the usual big bounce and accompanying red face, but the new Husky just stayed on the runway, making me look like I knew exactly what I was doing. Kudos, Stu.
The new A-1C will handle up to 35-inch tundra tires, up from 31 inches on older models. This year adds some exciting interior options, too. In keeping with Aviat's vision of a more cosmopolitan aircraft, the Husky now comes with an array of interior options that include leather and cloth seat materials with different stitching options and matching sticks, as well as LED map lights and an oversized map case.
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