Tuesday, August 11, 2009
From The Editor: Three Classics
Also this month, Jim Lawrence concludes his series on earning a sport pilot license in a Flight Design CTLS. After his cross-country solo (where he had to execute a go-around over a large flock of birds hanging out on the approach end of New Haven’s runway 2), at-home flight-simulator training and prep DVD study, the big day arrived: checkride! The much-anticipated flight with the FAA-designated examiner was a culmination of Jim’s training with “rock ’n’ rollin’” instructor John Lampson. Like many checkrides, it was a roller coaster of nerves and excitement, “phew!” and “yes!”
“Life has been great since getting my license,” a gleeful Jim reports. “I’ve flown several LSA, including a SeaMax amphib in Florida. We flew it over Tiger Woods’ house and then landed on a nearby lake, just a stone’s throw from Shaquille O’Neal’s house. I’m looking forward to a tour of the Southwest in an LSA.” This month, he flies the Sting S3, a composite, low-wing LSA that sports a large bubble canopy, which Jim likens to a “goldfish bowl over your head.” To demonstrate the airplane’s versatility—from smooth to snappy—Bill Canino, president of SportairUSA, takes Jim through a series of gentle, graceful wingovers, after which he accelerates the nimble airplane in a dive and then recovers to straight-and-level with a firm pull.
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