Friday, August 19, 2005

Fairgrounds & Not-So-Fair Skies

Comments: somewhere in the hectic mess of the last few days, this post disappeared. Not sure why. I don't feel like recreating it, so there ya go.

2 Comments:

At 5:23 PM, Anonymous Ruth Holman said...

What is the Diamond like to fly? I saw about 4 of them that were flying together land at our local AD and that day it was a blustery westerly and the shorter 29 runway was in use. They struggled with the conditions, but it may be more that they were unfamiliar with the AD?? One of them had 4 attempts before he landed and was really close to striking a wing on the ground at one point. They didn't seem to worried when they came in the club rooms though!

I do know from having a few flights in a glider that they are more robust than they appear..

Ruth

 
At 5:56 PM, Blogger also-known-as said...

AD= aerodrome? Not a common term here, except in books.

The DA20 has a maximum demonstrated crosswind component of 20 knots, and I've landed them in a direct crosswind of 25 knots before without difficulty. If I had to pick a small plane to land in those conditions, I would stay with the Diamond. It handles very well. Even in heavy wind, the plane is forgiving of mistakes on landing, but the gusty conditions will affect them more than a larger plane, so perhaps the pilots were relatively inexperienced (total time or in make and model).

They are manufactured to aerobatic standards, and certified only to utility category. I've been forced to fly through a sigmet for turbulence several times while in one of them, and aside from hitting my head on the ceiling every ten seconds, that was not too bad a deal.

Inexperience in the craft could have been the situation. But often I find that pilots who are not experienced at dealing with new airports, handle that rather poorly. Could be either. All the more reason to fly new places whenever possible.

 

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