ToddS Posted November 29, 2011 Report Share Posted November 29, 2011 I liked it! I flew 996CT out of KEMT El Monte, CA. I trained in the 162 and this was my first flight in a different plane. The CT felt very light compared to the Cessna, from preflight to landing. I will say that the Skycatcher is a more solidly built plane and it feels that way. The major pluses for the CT was performance and comfort.I can't believe how this plane climbs with full fuel and two passengers. Wonderful!! I did mostly an intro lesson (slow fligt, turns, patterns) to get a feel for the plane, but we also cruised a bit with -6 flaps and it really made a nice performance increase. Overall, I can't believe how "sporty and nimble" the CTSW feels. Very nice! I can see how someone can have a lot of fun in this plane. Getting in and sitting in the CT was a joy. Much easier than the 162. The CTSW just seemed to 'fit' me very well. Very pleasantly surprised about this. For the most part, I liked where all the controls were. The stick is in a perfect position. In the Skycatcher, I have to reach a bit for the "stick" and have no support for my forearm. Same with the throttle. In the CT, it was a great to have my arm on my left thigh while I held the stick. The controls were placed well, though a bit tight. Engaging the parking brake with that small reflective switch caused my knuckle to move the throttle forward slightly. Even after knowing this and being careful, I did it again. LOL Electronic flaps were awesome compared to the manual stick in the 162. More rudder is needed in the CT to stay coordinated, but it felt very natural. Landings were pretty much a breeze, except for the sight picture. All we did was cut the throttle at the numbers on downwind and went to 15 flaps. This gave us 3000 rpm. Point the nose down for 500 ft/min and 70 kts and we brought that into the runway with no changes. Easy! (relatively) Plane settled well, and behaved well in ground effect, better than the Cessna, much better actually. Understand though, it was a very calm day. The sight picture was a bit weird to me. In the 162, when you point the nose at something, like the numbers, that's where it's going to go, and you're sure of it. In the CT, it wasn't that clear. Coming down on short final, I 'felt' I was on the center line, and it seemed the plane was yawed slightly to the right if anything, where I'd think to add a slight touch of left rudder, and the CFI was calling for (the usual) right rudder. I said right there to him, "Really?" Doesn't look that way to me. And we talked about the sight picture. On the last landing, I actually moved my head to the center of the cockpit to get a better view, and it did look better/straighter. So obviously, it takes a few flights to get used to this, as I've seen mention several times about the CT. Overall, nice plane and I liked it. I'm considering buying one and will fly it a few more times until I make the decision. Unfortunately, I lost a good guy who wanted to partner up on it (wife said no, what a *****) which will make it a little more difficult for me, but still doable. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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