Thursday, 21 January 2010

Airborne at last (1)

A while ago I mentioned that I hadn't flown for a while. I'm happy to say that the situaton has now been corrected. After Piper's LSA announcement, there was a scramble amongst US journos to fly the PiperSport. Now, I have nothing against it, but having flown a couple of SportCruisers(exactly the same aeroplane apart from the paint scheme and name) I felt no compunction to join that particular scrum.

As luck would have it, Bart Jones, Piper's chief pilot and a new Mirage both happened to be in the same place at the same time, so I jumped in with Bart and FLYER's Rod Simpson and went flying. The Mirage is a pressurised six-seater that's powered by a 350hp turbocharged Lycoming. Inside, there's lots of leather in the back and a three-screen Garmin G1000 in the front. It's built to climb to cruise altitude and sit there until the time comes to descend for landing. It's not a bimbling machine and it isn't cheap to run, but it does what it does very well indeed. More details of this and other Pipers in a future edition of the mag... but in the meantime, it feels bloody good to fly again.
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