Flying the Vega - three lessons

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Flying the Vega - three lessons

Post by Tailspin45 » 14 Oct 2018, 00:58

Approaching 100 hours in the Vega, I have a few observations:

1. You need A LOT of rudder in turns, and on takeoff. Movie stunt pilot Frank Talman reports, "...you have to lead with rudder and make a genuine effort to coordinate controls, otherwise you can skid around like a hog on ice."

2. Approach speed is 80mph. It feels slow, but isn't. Power off stalls (for me) occurred at 58mph, so 1.3 Vso is 76. With the clean lines and no flaps a nose-high slip will get you from 1000' abeam the numbers to the threshold in fine style with no fuss and will let you see around the engine.

3. You can't see shinola left or right. But if you lean forward and put your head on the windshield you actually can see around the leading edge of the wing (TrackIR or equivalent required).

Anyone else have lessons learned to share?

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Re: Flying the Vega - three lessons

Post by Tailspin45 » 15 Oct 2018, 16:06

4. Slow application of power on takeoff is required to keep you out of the weeds. The Vega has a full swiveling tailwheel with no lock, so some tap-dancing on the brakes may be required until you're going fast enough for the rudder to take effect.

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