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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2007 5:03 pm    Post subject: Aerobatics? Reply with quote

Has anyone tested the Lightning doing some level of aerobatics?

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2007 6:00 pm    Post subject: Aerobatics? Reply with quote

Did you get any pics of the Green Landings Lightnings?

While the WT-9 and the Lightning look a little bit similar I think that the
Lightning is the better looking of the two planes - opinion. The Lightning
is the better performer as per the stats on each - fact. The baggage room
for the Lightning is larger than the WT-9 has - fact. The Rotax engine is a
good engine in its own right, but if you haven't flown behind the Jabiru 6
cylinder you're missing out. It is cheap to operate, fairly high TBO, and
the smoothest running engine. Also if you don't run straight pipes it is a
quiet engine. I have no idea on the cost of the WT-9, but I do know the
cost of the Lightning and for what you get it's a steal! I also haven't
flown the WT-9, but I have got about 20 hours in the Lightning and quiet a
bit of it being cross-country time. Out of about 30 different kinds of
airplanes that I have flown the Lightning is one of my favorites if not my
favorite airplane. (two others are the Cirrus SR-22, although the ride
seemed rougher than the Lightning and price is definately much higher. Also
love the old twin Beech Travel Air) It really depends on what you're after.
For me I love a sporty plane where I feel like I'm in a corvette, but I
also like a comfortable flying/riding plane. For me the controls for the
Lightning are superior! You only get this kind of a feel in airplanes with
pushrods. I love being able to feel the airplane through the stick and not
through my butt. What I mean by that is that the controls give a minute
feedback that may be unperceivable in the ride. This kind of melds the
pilot and aircraft, and honestly makes a person look like a better pilot
than they are in my opinion. The airplane's stability is a great tradeoff
between stable cross-country flyer and a fun airplane. It's an easy plane
to fly where you can make nice shallow coordinated turns and keep a constant
altitude on cross-country flights, but if you want to go up on a pretty
Sunday afternoon and want to add "extra stick" you can really roll this one.

The first time that I saw the plane it was a hollow fuselage and a pair of
wings stacked in a corner. No engine, no canopy, but the Lightning logo on
the tail. It already had me interested, but seeing the plane progress and
the constant improving and experimenting before the first kits sold told me
it'd be a good flying plane. I constantly asked Nick what the performance
specs were up to as the flight test program progressed. The original
guestimate data was met in every performance regime, which is impressive
enough, but if I'm not mistaken it was exceeded in every regime. I was
somewhat sceptical that they could do what is now published, but I can now
tell you from experience it will. This one is a hoot to fly. I know that
Buz can back me up on that one!

This airplane has been rolled many times. It is certified to 5g's which is
what the Citabria that I learned aerobatics in was. Don't know if it's been
looped or not.

One last note is that from time to time I do work with the company, but I am
not on the payroll and do not work for them. I do have a biased opinion in
that I love that plane and I really do love that Jabiru six, but think that
my flight review is unbiased and a fair assessment. I'll try to post that
again if I can find it. Thanks, Brian W.

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