Checkout: Lightly loaded

November 24, 2009 by Jill W. Tallman

When transitioning from a 172 or a Cherokee to an LSA, you’ll soon learn that what works to plant your heavier aircraft will need some tweaking. This is what I’m finding out with the Remos. Proper rudder usage is important–well, yes, that’s true of any aircraft–as is making sure you hit your approach speed (65 knots)  and keep it there. Senior Editor Alton Marsh has noticed that the analog airspeed indicator on the right side (or co-pilot side) is a handy way to check your airspeed if you are new to glass panel displays, and there’s even a yellow diamond on the AI to remind you.

Like the Tecnam Eaglet I flew earlier this year, the Remos has two throttles–one on the left side, one on the central quadrant. I’m finding that I use the right (or central?) throttle when applying power for takeoffs, because that seems natural and it’s what I’m used to. In cruise flight, I may use the left one to adjust power. Remos pilots, feel free to jump in and tell me your tips for these kinds of ops.

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3 Responses to “Checkout: Lightly loaded”

  1. Brian C Says:

    I’m having mixed feelings about AOPA’s choice to use a LSA for their 2010 Sweepstakes aircraft. In one sense, I understand that the onset of LSA’s will help get more people involved in flying due to the fact that they provide a lower operating cost as well as ease of operation. But, given the types of aircraft that were previously used as sweepstakes aircraft, I’m not sure that I would actually accept this plane as a prize if I were to be declared the winner at the end of the year. Maybe, it’s because I already own a Skylane. Maybe it’s because the previous aircraft were more exciting, especially during the differebt refurbishment stages. This one I’m not sure about. Hopefully, whoever the winner ends up being will enjoy the Remos. For me, it’s still to early in the game.

  2. Joe Says:

    Don’t lose too much sleep over this. Your chance of winning is VERY small.

  3. Bo Lund Says:

    I think it is a master of perspective. As a renter pilot, I would take this in a second, even though it doesnt fit half of my missions (taking tehfamily for a 100$ Burger). But I would rarther fly a lot in my own Remos, and rent a 4 seater when really needed. than fly a lot less in a renter (which is most more costly).

    Btw: Does APOA help with tax counseling for winners of the sweeps airplanes? Beeign new to the US tax system, I think taht is the part that worries me most about winning any kind of airplane.

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