Slick: A Glasair Demo Flight
Meet Bob Zajko
You've met him before. He's done a few guest blog posts on The Anywhere Map
including Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of his video demo.
What you might not have known about Bob is that he owns a Glasair 1
experimental aircraft. It's a retractable gear, controllable pitch
propeller, stick-flown aircraft and you can call her "Slick."
I met up with Bob at the KFDK airport in Frederick, MD for an afternoon
flight in the Glasair. This would be many firsts for me: first time in a
Glasair, first time flying with Bob, first time with a full video setup,
and first time flying out of FDK. Big day, right?
Thanks to our friend Patrick who loaned us his GoPro Hero 2, we were able
to employ a 3 camera setup in flight. Coupled with an audio patch cable for
recording intercom and air traffic control, we hit the skies.
Being my first demo flight video you can see it was a bit lacking in flight
maneuvers. We hadn't exactly known what to film and decided to just go up
and have some fun while the cameras recorded it all. Of course you have to
realize that when it comes to video editing for time and content that
sometimes things get left out. For instance, YES we did a runup, all
checklists, and radio calls even though not everything can be seen during
the video, we did it.
Avoiding Camp David
KFDK is about 11 nautical miles south of Camp David, also known as
Prohibited Area 40, or P-40. Luckily we weren't going to be flying around
there on this demo flight. Instead, we headed westerly out to the common
practice area. There Bob handed the controls over to me and I flew some
basic turns, climbs, and descents.
Admiring the ease of controllability I decided I would try my hand at some
steep turns. We started off at 5,000 ft for this maneuver as I banked
45-degress into a left hand turn. The aircraft didn't require much back
pressure or trim input to maintain level flight, even at our bank angle.
Upon completion of my left-hand steep turn I rolled into a turn towards to
right, again holding her at 45-degrees of bank with minimal control inputs.
Not thinking that we should demonstrate any other flight characteristics
like stalls or slow flight, we went for a short sight seeing tour of
historic Harpers Ferry, WV. I've been to Harpers Ferry 2 times prior but it
was from the ground. This was the first time I had flown over this neat
town. The sun was shining and the fall tree colors were in full effect
making for a nice backdrop as I maneuvered around the area before returning
to Frederick for a full-stop landing.
You'll learn all kinds of performance data about the Glasair during our
flight to and from the practice area as Bob answers my questions about that
capabilities of his airplane. His knowledge of this airplane is pretty
in-depth, something I would come to expect form a person who has over 1,000
hours flight time in Glasairs.
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