Friday, April 4, 2014
The Handsome, All-Terrain Bush Plane
Pick your “feet” for snow, water or land: You get them all with this rugged LSA
"It's a very stable platform to fly in," Labor tells me. He prefers left seat, so I put on my copilot hat, and we settle in. The seats are comfortable and very nicely upholstered. The Sport is configured in tricycle-gear mode, and the view on the ground is fine.
Its analog panel is roomy, well laid out and abetted with a Garmin GPSmap 496, Icom IC-A200 radio and a Garmin GTX 320A transponder. An optional "high-end" glass panel is available.
The interior is attractive, clean, tidy and decently appointed with carpeting throughout the cabin. Hydraulic toe brakes do a great job with the castering nosewheel: Taxiing is a breeze, and the toe pedals are well positioned.
Something unfamiliar draws my attention: the center-mounted stick with a Y-handle. That allows either occupant to fly and helps with easy cockpit ingress/egress. Plus, there's only one stick to rig, saving weight. There are dual rudder pedals and panel-mounted throttles.
I'm used to having the stick between my legs or a centric yoke on the panel, so I'm curious how it will feel flying with this center console-mounted, almost-level (angled about 20 degrees up from horizontal) grip in my left hand.
As we run up at the business end of the strip, my host tells me pilots he has taken up to introduce them to light sport are amazed how stable it is.
"Once you trim it up properly," Labor advises, "it's hands-off flying."
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