Decathlon Xtreme Basic Price: $209,900 Powerplant: 10 hp Lycoming AEIO-390 Lenght: 22 ft. 11 in. Height: 7 ft. 7 in. Wing Span: 30 ft. 9 in. Wing Area (sq. ft.): 164 Wing Loading (lbs./sq. ft.): 11.9 Power Loading (acrobatic, lbs./hp): 8.6 Seats: 2, Tandem Empty Weight (lbs.): 1320 Normal Category Gross Weight (lbs.): 1950 Acrobatic more »
I was standing beside the runway at Fox River Airport in Rochester, Wis., home airport to American Champion Aircraft (www.amerchampionaircraft.com), to see the company’s stalwart 8GCBC Scout do its Elvis impersonation—as in Elvis the famous firefighting S-64 Aircrane water bomber.
By the time you read this, I will have completed a two-week vacation trip circumnavigating most of Alaska and some of Western Siberia with an Indiana dentist, Dr. Bill Grider. (Hey, it’s a tough job, but…) Alaska is my kind of place, and despite a dozen trips around the state, I’m always eager to return.
American Champion 8KCAB offers some of the best aerobatic talent in the two-seat, sportplane class
Rich, I know you can’t see the ball from the back seat, but if you could, you’d be rolling with laughter,” I said. I was flying Rich Manor’s new Super Decathlon in left-echelon formation 20 feet from our old friend Saratoga SP photo ship, and my lazy feet were out of practice at flying an airplane with considerable adverse yaw. The ball bounced back and forth out of its cage as I maneuvered on the Saratoga, the slip indicator only occasionally stopping in the center. It had been several years since I’d flown a Super Decathlon, and my rusty technique showed. Gotta unlearn those bad habits, I thought. Too many hours in Mooneys/Bonanzas/Malibus/Centurions and other modern designs that forgive poor rudder coordination.