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    Aeroprakt A22LS Foxbat
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    Australia

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  1. What is IPS? What difference did it make? Scuse my ignorance.
  2. The F.u.n.k.e. if my Foxbat feels beautifully made and has not broken down yet. Thank you for the heads-up about Microair.
  3. I bought a second hand Foxbat about 12 months ago, which has the same manufacturer and distributor. They have provided excellent support, both with getting things and giving me information. For example, they got me a bit of the firewall that cracked (but had not cracked on anyone else's plane apparently), pretty quickly. They sent me a ballistic parachute quickly, even though they are a pain to get from the factory because they contain a rocket. And you pay after your stuff arrives, at least for smallish things. They way I see it, there are so many airplanes to choose from that it is sensible to get a plane with good support, not just a good plane. They have sold hundreds of Foxbats in Australia and quite a few Vixxens, so if you get a Vixxen it won't be an orphan. Peter said online that he sold two Foxbats and two Vixxen at whatever the recent flying event was that had the high winds. I have never heard the slightest suggestion that the Vixxen's claimed slow stall and fast cruise are exaggerated. I have minimal skills as a pilot and, IF I remember correctly, I was flying along in a Foxbat at 22 kt indicated on the Dynon with power but no flaps. The Vixxen is supposed to stall a knot slower than the Foxbat. One thing about the Vixxen, if you want to fit 8.00 X 6 tyres (like on a Foxbat Kelpie) you will be doing something that the factory has not approved and loses you all the speed gains over a Foxbat - at least that was the case a year ago. I am not sure about more normal 6 x 6.00 tyres, which are (in my opinion) probs just as good on rough surfaces so long as they are only four ply.
  4. I just listened to "Why Planes Crash" by David Soucie, on Audible. The book claims to be the true of David Soucie, an FAA investigator who made air travel safer. Mr Soucie has gone on to be an aviation expert repeatedly interviewed by CNN and others.To say the least, the book said a lot of things that I just did not understand. I emailed the publisher (Skyhorse Publishing) and they said that mine was the first such message that they had received and that the book was published in 2011. That is to say, they did not believe me and/or care. So, I thought I would crowd source it. Happy listening.
  5. I like the idea of an airplane with no fabric. I probably would have got one instead of a Foxbat except that I did not fit. The seat is not really lowerable. The flap controls were the least of my problems. I have to console myself with an aluminium airplane with fabric control surfaces, just like a Spitfire or P-51 Mustang. (Actually, the underneath of the wings is fabric, too, on a Foxbat).
  6. Good point. The wing with the higher AoA slows down with adverse yaw. I fly a foxbat, which has both flaperons and adverse yaw.
  7. How do you mean "rudder lead"? Do you mean that to start a turn, you use rudder a moment before you start using aileron?
  8. TBH, if I was the instructor, being kept circling for an hour during my medical emergency would have seemed a bit unfair.
  9. I was talking about when the rudder is added when the wings are not level to begin with.
  10. I don't get it. If you are in a coordinated turn and you stall, you unstall by releasing the back pressure. What has that got to do with keeping the wings level when you are flying straight ahead and stall. I'm not saying that keeping the wings level with the rudder isn't dangerous, I just don't know why from this.
  11. Thank you for your reply! Ain’t no doubt about it, the FAA says to lower the nose first, and to later on level the wings with coordinated ailerons and rudder! What is is that makes keeping the wings level with the rudder (in a stall) dangerous?
  12. To answer your question, stalls scare the s--- out of me. I am worried that if I had to correct one in real life that I would freeze - which means that it is a bit tricky practicing them on my own! I am perfectly aware that they are safe. I might try correcting them by easing the control column forward without worrying about using the rudder to keep the wings level. That might stop me worrying that if I don't keep the wings level I will spin. And die. Frozen.
  13. I read about the Fly Better books by Noel Kruse on these forums, but want to amplify how good they are. Because they come as a (free) down loadable PDF, they are easy to put on an iPhone and listen to with NaturalReader Pro or similar. I have half way through the first of four books. Just by listening to the book, I have been able to picture in my mind just how Dutch roll works - something that I had given up ever understanding or picturing in my mind's eye. And if you plot the rectangular area from a point on the speed-drag curve, you have described the power required. Obvious, now it is mentioned. And if you have wind blowing over a church spire, you can view the situation as the church spire moving through the body of air. Obvious, too, but when I first thought of it, it did my head in. That means that next time I am sideslipping to the left, coming in to land, I can view myself as moving to the left through the air mass to catch up to the runway which is also moving through the air mass to the left. (But, TBH, this way of thinking about things does lose its utility when gusts come into play. Or does it? If the wind suddenly stopped, that would be, from my point of view, a gust from the right and the runway suddenly stopping moving. The problem is, why would the runway stop moving just because there was a gust from the right. The answer might be that, from the reference point of the wind, my aircraft was suddenly jerked to the right, for no reason.) In spite of the above, I think that he will very much emphasise *practicable* flying. I just havn't got far enough into the books.
  14. He seems to land almost on all three wheels, much faster than a full stall. And therefore not protect his nose wheel at all. (Disclaimer: I have 40 hrs total time.)
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