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Thread: Pirep for the DR109
Message: Pirep for the DR109
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From: Norman Brudigam <norm at bayengineers.com>
Date: Sun, 09 Mar 1997 06:07:20 UTC
I flew in the prototype DR109 2 days ago for a quick demo with our fearless leader Dick Rihn out of Concord,CA. As a Citabria/Decathalon driver with minimal Pitts time my impressions are: 1) The aircraft looks great, easily as good as the best you see at Oshcosh, and from Germany.It does not look like a kit at all. 2) With 260HP the thing is a rocket, power is not a problem; 3) I tried a loop and immediately initiated an accellerated stall, a slight release corrected that. Rolls were easy. For the HH I turned too soon, not used to the long up line I guess; 4) Dick demonstrated a basic set of manuvers which I really can't compare with anything with my low time in serious aerobatic aircraft. There really is no comparison with the Citabrias that I am used to. It sure was fun though. Dick, who has 20 years in a one hole Pitts says it is totally different than the Pitts. 5) The landing was less scary than a Pitts and I judge probably easier to learn. 6) It turns out being the fearless leader of the IAC requires about 3 to 4 hours per day. On top on that, Dick did 8 contests in 1996-WOW-WOW. 7) Flying with Dick in the DR109 was a good lesson in flying with a professional aerobatic pilot, everything was thought out, careful and safe; spins were at 6500 AGL, he sets a good example. Overall, the aircraft is easily worth 80K to 90K it might cost to complete. Sorry I could not make a comparison with the Extras and Suchois of the world-read the recent articles in SA and EAA. Norm B.