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It’s an airplane

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

 Much to Jill Tallman’s delight, I am now officially checked out in AOPA’s Fun to Fly Remos GX. I joke about Jill because she was getting nervous that I’ve waited so long to fly the Remos in advance of our upcoming Road and Runway Rally to Sun ‘n Fun. So, what’s the Remos like? It’s an airplane.

 Saying something so obvious may seem silly, but the point is that the LSA haters out there dismiss the light machines as toys, fat ultralights, and unrealistic as traveling airplanes and trainers. I’d be surprised if most of them have flown an LSA, more specifically a Remos, because they are fine airplanes. They are very capable in cruise, climb, takeoff and landing, fuel burn, and pretty much any other measure you can think of. Take cruise speed, for example. The Remos pretty much matches a Piper Archer. Takeoff and climb? It’s better. Fuel burn? It’s lower. So the airplane is nothing to scoff at. It does a great job.

 There are of course, some nit picky-things about it I don’t like. I have a long torso and I found the visibility out the side windows to be pretty much down only. Looking straight out does you no good because you’re looking at the wing root. The front windshield posts are also in the way. 

The Rotax is a very capable engine, but it’s different than what most of us are used to. It’s self-leaning, it starts and stops (quickly) with the key, and you have to burp the oil prior to flight. But once you get over the little stuff, the airplane is loads of fun to fly. It’s agile, responsive, and feels pretty sporty. The stick helps all that.

 But how will it endure on a long trip down the coast? I think the interior will be plenty comfortable. It’s weird you have to remove the seat to access the baggage compartment, but whatever. Other airplanes require you to climb over seats, stick your head through a small passage, et cetera. My biggest concern is my, how do you say…bottom. Man, those seats are firm. Maybe I’ll look for a cushion prior to leaving for Lakeland.

Today’s guest blogger is Ian J. Twombly, a CFII who also happens to be deputy editor of Flight Training magazine. He and Alyssa J. Miller are flying the Remos in the upcoming Fun to Fly Road and Runway Rally.–Jill Tallman