similarly because they had to comply with the same certification
standards. Homebuilts do not, so you might be surprised at how they
react to control input. A surprise in a new homebuilt aircraft too
often translates into striking the ground at a higher rate or different
attitude than desired.
For instance, we’re mostly used to turning a production aircraft
by twisting the yoke a bit, then adding rudder as necessary to coordi-
nate the turn. Some homebuilts exhibit a lot of adverse yaw; you turn
by pushing the rudder first, then coordinating with aileron instead.
There’s nothing wrong with that, but if it’s a feature you don’t care
for, you don’t want to take the time to build
that particular aircraft.
ASK SOMEONE WHO’S TRIED IT
Go to a fly-in and talk to builders and people
with completed aircraft of the model you’re
interested in. Ask the owners about their
experience in building the aircraft. Were the
instructions understandable? Was the kit
complete? Did the manufacturer offer good
product support? Then, ask them about
the flying characteristics. Is performance
as advertised? Are there any peculiar handling issues?
The electronic circuit breaker system
that integrates with your EFIS
• Electronic circuit
• See and reset faults
on your EFIS
• Solid-state trim control
• Solid-state flap control
• Landing light wig-wag
• Detects burned out lights
Systems starting at $1200
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