Funny you should mention that, M61A1. This thread prompted me today to do what I've been meaning to do for a while now: set up a spreadsheet and button in a whole range of W & B scenarios for my aircraft.
I am not sure when/how I came across your article on the development & exploits of VH-SGS but it must be many years back - about the time you put her up for sale.
As I have mentioned in my Forum conversation - what fascinates me is what you have achieved with so little in the way of power and what must be a fundamentally sound aerodynamic/airframe design but otherwise unspectacular looking aircraft (no offence to Mr Monnett).
As a person of European (rather than N American) leaning, I admire small nippy economical sports cars rather than the big V8's. Your adaption of the Soneri seems to neatly fit into this philosophy.
Over the years I have "measured" all small aircraft performance claims against VH-SGS and with but a few exceptions, come to the conclusion that they are at best wishful thinking but most likely just lies.
Some of my Forum correspondents think I am obsessed with speed - not so. In aircraft, I see speed and hp/fuel consumption as a measure of efficiency. I dont necessarily want to fly at max cruise speed all the time but like the idea of trying to get my aircraft as efficient as it can be, within its physical limitations.
I have written to you befor asking if you know of VH-SGS current situation( A Forum member suggested she was not much used) and would the owner be interested in selling.
Hi there Kyle, now based SEQLD and just buying a SavVG (I’ve owned a VG and a 701 previously). I’ve noticed that you’ve completed a twin stick mod. That’s a feature I’d have liked in both my previous aircraft so wondered if you’ve got drawings/details that you’d care to share? Cheers.
You May not remember me but I was the LAME for Arena Aviation for the best part of ten years and you did an approved repair scheme for a PA38 rear spar carry through and a spar corrosion repair scheme for a PA28 for us. I currently have a Zenith CH701 which I built and which needs a bit of a repair. Are you still operating in a professional capacity? I can’t find you listed in the Yellow or White pages.