Thx1137 Posted October 17, 2009 Share Posted October 17, 2009 Well, I had my flight in a Jabiru 160 today. I swear, it felt like my TIF! All I have ever flown is the SportStar. They are a nice, well built machine with a reputation for being easy to fly. Thats not wrong! Riddle me this batman: "how many times can you hear 'more right rudder' and still not do it (the foot relaxes)!". Answer. Dunno but when I find out I will let you know! :-) I got to compare the SportStar to a J160 and to be honest. I had trouble with all my basics such as checks and, use the radio? hah! I was too busy going "what the!"! Good old human factors. Get overloaded and you can almost forget to breath :-) We took off and did a bit of "straight and level". I think that was OK. The trim was very stiff and seeing how it actually operates I guess I can see why. It does not move a trim tab but moves the whole elevator. I did some S turns to try and get a feel for countering the large amount of adverse yaw (at least compared to the sporty), again, not too bad. We joined the circuit and I had a bunch of problems there: 1. Power setting. We were very heavy and a small amount of power change made a really big difference. Maybe I really only had problems with this because of number 2. 2. The throttle on a SportStar has both course and fines modes. Push/pull for course, twist for fine. I found it darn near impossible to do the small changes that I pretty much do automatically in the SportStar. I missed the twist! 3. The cockpit layout is completely different and it affected my checks more than I thought because I kept looking in the wrong place and the little interruptions caused me to then have to think "where was I in the checklist?". This is small but it takes your eye off the ball. Fortunately it shouldn't take long to get into the swing. 4. The yoke/stick. Besides being in a different hand, it feels completely different. It also has an amount of 'play' in it. I dunno if/how much the play affected things and didn't notice it during flying but it is something the SportStar doesn't have. 5. Approach corrections. a. I was mainly using aileron and only a little footwork. That is no good at all. Lots of feet needed here. b. Taking all the power off when over the fence. It really wanted to plumet! It really wanted to wait until I was in ground-effect to dial it all off. c. In the Jabiru we basically sit at an angle facing inwards. This means when I was trying to line-up I was actually flying to the left of the runway. (we had two flights, during the second backtrack I was able to see where "straight" was) 6. Takeoff. I kept pumping the rudder because I would keep relaxing my right leg (I use enough rudder in the sporty so don't really know why I had so much problem here) Some of these things I was expecting, some I wasn't and some affected me more than I would have thought. During the second set of circuits I did better so that makes me happy. I didn't do 'good', that will have to wait for next week. :-) I couldn't say I enjoyed my first flight of the J160 but not many of us enjoy being taken far out of our comfort zone (I hated feeling like such a newbie but there it is!). It is almost purely a matter of getting used to the differences so I will persevere. Even if you licence says your allowed to fly a particular type of aircraft I knew it was sensible to get lessons on a new aircraft before flying one but this has driven home that it really is not optional and probably requires more hours than some of us think! (I guess lots of experience on different aircraft types mitigates this but not having such experience I don't really know!) Steven. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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