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05-16-2005, 04:39 AM
Hi, I'm new to the list. Am looking at options for replaceing one of the aircraft I use on a military installation for many things. I reviewed the web site for the sparrowhawk and found it interesting, however much information is missing. X-wind conponent, minimum safe speed, and how do these aircraft handle in areas with thermals from hell? I currently fly Cessnas, but have build and flown several different ultralights, with many hundreds of hours in the tiny planes. What are the realistic build times? Typical flight hours versus maintenance? Thanks.
05-16-2005, 05:50 AM
Welcome aboard the forum. I copied your message to the Sparrowhawk section of this forum. Hopefully you'll attract more replies there, since a lot of folks here are busy and sometimes only check the threads that pertain to their needs/ship. I'm confident you'll get several honest and informative replies by those currently flying the Sparrowhawk.
05-16-2005, 06:10 AM
As you can see with Brian's post you are in good hands here.
The sparrowhawks are great machines. All gyros do great in thermals and gusty winds especally CLT machines like the Sparrowhawk.
Very often I fly thoughout the hot sunny days of summer when I my ultralight fixed wing buddies of my club wont fly because of the thermals. I hardly notice the thermals. One day last year a FW UL pilot friend of mine had bruises from his sholder straps from being buffeted around in the air. I hardly noticed the thermal activity and we had flown in formation for the 1 hour cross country so I must have gone through much of the same air.
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