Michael Combs’s epic Flight For The Human Spirit odyssey just made it into Chicago a few hours ago after a whirlwind tour of the Northeast (he just missed some premature, summery 90-degree weather — and nasty thunderstorms). *** Since Michael’s flying a new Remos GX, I thought to make a sympatico gesture by taking the air in the same type, and, I confess, to prep my flight report for the July print issue of P&P. *** BTW, Tom Peghiny, Prez of Flight Design, told me recently he was in the dark whenever I wrote “dead tree P&P”. (I guess he doesn’t read Time magazine online, they say “dead tree Time” all the, uh, time.) Alas, in deference to Tom and others similarly not conversant in super-hip online lingo, I must abandon journalistic trendiness in favor of humdrum journalistic clarity.) *** Anyway, with many thanks to Ron Glazer of Remos (and Marketing Veep Ken Weaver, who sent him up) for making an extra leg to meet me, I finally got my chance to fly the bird. *** Ron flew the 2010 Remos GX Aviator II (full panel version) into Great Barrington Airport (GBR) in Massachusetts — one of God’s little aviation secrets, shhh! *** Ron, a recent grad of Embry Riddle who’s already racked up 435 hours in the GX (!), showed me the ropes and confirmed what I’d long suspected from anecdotal reports: all that high-profile presence and aggressive marketing from Remos is backed up by a first-class SLSA. *** Of course, you’ll want to read my full report in the mag, but here’s a brief kiss-and-tell: * Wonderfully light, smooth handling in all axes * Very comfortable and stable in flight * Really well-thought out panel placement of knobs, breakers, etc. * Ground handling with the steerable nose and console brake is like driving around a go-cart… very precise, very easy *** Meanwhile, I am grooving psychically with Michael Combs on his flight because I know he’s got a terrific LSA to carry forth his crusade… just wish I was with him!
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