FlyingMonkey Posted April 7, 2013 Report Share Posted April 7, 2013 Hey all... Since I started looking at LSA, I have always thought the CTSW/CTLS to be an amazing airplane, and I pretty much wanted one. Yesterday I got my first chance to get some time (1.3 hours) in one, and wanted to share my experience and ask some questions. My Background: I went into the flight as a certificated Sport Pilot with 45 hours in my log book, so I'm pretty green. I think that I am a pretty good stick and rudder pilot, and have been told so by my instructors. I have not flown since 2009, because I have been building a Sonex. I sold the Sonex, and a friend and I are working toward partnering on a CT. I need a BFR, but that was not the intent of this flight, I just wanted some time in the air in a CT. Conditions: Sky conditions for this flight were clear with nearly unlimited visibility, cloudless, with 3-6 knot gusty winds and mild turbulence. The Aircraft: 2006 CTSW with 412hrs equipped with Dynon EFIS and EMS. Aircraft is owned by the instructor, on lease back to the flight school. The Plan: We pre-briefed the flight, intending to do Dutch Rolls, power on stalls, slow flight, slow flight, and power off stalls. We were then going to a local non-towered airport for pattern and landing work, then RTB. The Flight: The first thing I noticed about the CT is that the control forces are very high, especially in an LSA. I have flown an AMD Zodiac, a couple of Tecnam P-92s, and a Sport Cruiser. The CT has by far the highest forces needed on the controls. TO get full rudder deflection is almost an uncomfortable amount of effort, it reminded me of the competition clutch in my old drag racing Mustang. The airplane taxied and took off great, other than just the high effort needed on the pedals. There was also a LOT of rudder required in the airplane, and it always seemed to need some rudder deflection to keep the ball centered. Part of that might have been the gusts and turbulence, but I just never could seem to get the airplane to point where I wanted it to, and I never got a sense of being fully in control of the airplane at all times. It seemed to wander where it wanted a lot of of the time, especially entering and exiting turns where the strong adverse yaw was present. Power on stalls were easy, as soon as the nose broke the plane was flying again. Power off stalls had more nose drop as in most planes, but once power was added the plane was flying. Slow flight was a bit of a challenge for me, but I just need practice I think. Landings were different from what I was used to. The technique I was taught in the CT was abeam the numbers pull throttle to idle, below 80kt add 15 degrees flaps, and trim full nose up. Then capture and maintain 60kt using power and stick to maintain the glideslope. At 3ft above the runway, level out to break the descent, what 3 seconds or so, and then slowly add back pressure on the stick to sink to the runway and hold the nosewheel off. The CT definitely lands "flatter" than other airplanes I have flown. I made six landings, my first one pretty rough, the rest okay with one greaser. It seems really hard to get the trim wheel back to neutral in time for takeoff on a touch and go, the wheel is so small and takes so many turns, and the force to turn it is pretty high! Overall, I found flying the CT to be a lot of work. Does it get easier? I want to love this airplane, but right now it just seems a very hard airplane to master. I'm going to keep at it, but I wanted to post here what my experiences were so I could get some feedback and any advice that might help. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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