FastEddieB Posted June 2, 2013 Report Share Posted June 2, 2013 At least regarding having flown in a CT! Yesterday, mocfly (Chris) suggested we fly to Lawrenceville, GA for an EAA pancake breakfast. He made it into Copperhill with his son, but the ceilings were kinda marginal to the southeast - 700' overcast at KLZU, our destination. Discretion being the better part of whatever, we stayed local and grabbed breakfast in Copperhill. Anyway, I finally got a chance to fly in a CT: Quick impression: It seemed like a solid little platform. A tad heavier in ailerons than elevator or rudder, but still pretty nicely balanced. The view from the right seat reminded me of a Cirrus, with the panel falling away asymmetrically on the right. No issue, but I can see how not seeing the nose clearly from either seat could be an issue for a beginner at first. Chris chose a no-flap landing (it was a little gusty), but still got a nice nose up touchdown. Overall, nice fit and finish, comparable to my Sky Arrow I think and much better than some other Light Sports that I've flown. It actually had been a while since I've flown in a plane with a standard "T" on the panel - absolutely nothing wrong with that - got the job done for generations of pilots and can continue to do so into the future. Glass is nice, but hardly essential in a VFR airplane. Me being me, I'd love to fly in it on a calmer day and play with 30º and 40º flap landings. That tail fin really hangs down there, so I'd maybe want to play with "full stall" landings with someone standing by the runway and confirming tail clearance. Usually flaps help immensely in that area - literally dragging the tail is more of a concern with less flaps in most planes. Anyway, I owe Chris a Sky Arrow ride and maybe we'll play around with various landing configurations on a nicer day. Oh, and Chris' son, also Chris, and Karen bonded immediately as kindred spirits. I have a hunch we'll be seeing more of them in the future! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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