Fun Day of Flying

Discussion in 'Flight Following' started by TRocket, Oct 11, 2016.

  1. TRocket

    TRocket Line Up and Wait

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    Got the complex endorsement signed off today. Finally got out of a Cherokee (definitely not knocking it, but a change of pace was nice for sure). A couple of lessons and a few hours was all it took. The plane flew a little differently and I could tell it was heavier, but after the first lesson it was just about as comfortable as the Cherokee, just a little tougher to make a decent landing in. Had never gotten light signals from the tower before, asked for a takeoff clearance with the light gun and they were happy to accommodate. Best of all, shared the pattern with a C-130..."Caution wake turbulence" anyone?
     
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    So...what were you flying?
     
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    Great question, I seem to have left that out. An Arrow.
     
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    I know I'll get flamed for this but the "Hershey Bar" wing Arrows aren't all that nice to fly. The Arrows & all Cherokees for that matter fly much nicer with the tapered wing.

    Congratulations on getting your complex endorsement out of the way.
     
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    Last I knew, Arrows were still Cherokee, PA-28R-xxx
     
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    Indeed they are! You're pretty astute.

    But thats understandable. You're a fellow CFIG & tow pilot.

    I'm trying to buy a two-place sailplane - Grob, Blank, etc. Can you help me with that?
     
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    Any Blaniks available would be the L-23 model. I do not know of any available right now.
    Be careful with Grob 103s. Some have airspeed limits based on an AD.
    Others have been repaired so their usable weight makes them a glorified single seater.
     
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    frfly172 Touchdown! Greaser!

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    Congrats,you'll enjoy the arrow,not the fastest retrac,but still a fun airplane. Not crazy about the 180 hp arrows.
     
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    Thanks for your input. I have a lot of instructing time in an L-23. That would be my first choice. I may have to exceed my budget & buy a Duo Discus or something similar but now you're talking in the 90K range. I'll end up having more $ in the glider than the 182A I bought as my tow plane.

    Things have changed since I had my soaring school in the early 90's.
     
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    I'm aware, the big difference there is the "R" and the constant speed prop. Technically, yes, it's a Cherokee "Arrow", however when you have spent all your time in a fixed gear 140 with a fixed pitch prop, it's different. So maybe I could have said, I got "into an Arrow" instead of "out of a Cherokee"...

    Thanks! This was a 180, CFI said I would definitely notice a difference in the 200 Arrow, going to try and get into one of those here in the next few weeks.
     
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    so, not the one out of aerowood? that one is two hundid and a fun plane to fly.
     
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    Nope, but I called them this week about taking it for a ride. Need 10 hours of complex and a checkout with one of their CFI's first of course.
     
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    Congrats, but you could have knocked out the HP at the same time in a different plane...:yes:
     
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    Sometimes you can find a Janus or SGS 2-32. The Janus C is a great bird if you can find one. Heavy wings, but that L-23 is not easy to assemble either.

    Where was your school?
     
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    You are exactly right, still need to get to 10 hours of complex to rent most places, so now I will do the HP in another plane while building the remaining hours, just a little cheaper this way.
     
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    After flying in our Arrow II (200 hp) I can't imagine have only 180......
    But congrats on the complex rating!
     
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    It's a complex endorsement....

    You might try out a Cessna retract. 172RGs aren't a big deal, but 177RG and 182RG are kinda nice. Just be prepared for a 12 second gear cycle.

    PA28s are easier to land, but the performance is ... well, OK. You can get 130 knots out of a 177RG, and they will climb over 10,000 MSL without sacrificing your first born.