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Old 25th Apr 2009, 21:46
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Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Emerald Isle
Posts: 4
I never said i was sceptical about kitplanes. ONLY just the SS.

I had been flying Kits almost 20 years before that and here i am almost 20 after still flying them. (The CAA and IAA have been chasing me for Years )

And yes, i have flown one, that one i mentioned in my post, although a small flight Coventry - Leicester on a test. I already knew this models reputation.

I found this particular aircraft unstable, unbalanced and nerve wrecking, and yes the owner was with me. However this same flight made me sceptical of purchasing a kitplane that has already been assembled by someone else. I love Kits and the fascination of the first test flights, but when a certain model has more than average failings it is not necessarily pilot errors, regardless of .experience on type.
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