Below is a letter from one of our LOBO Oz members.
Lancair Super Legacy Training in Tasmania
Have just spent three days exploring the capabilities of the Lancair Super Legacy RG with Gary Weeks and two mates in Devonport.
VH-LNZ is a twin turbo charged Reno Racer version of the Legacy, owned by Terry Travers who imported it from California. We recently joined LOBO Oz and met Gary and his immaculate Legacy at the Mudgee fly-in.
I had only just started flying the Legacy and gained a huge amount of knowledge from the presentations at the fly-in and invaluable advice from Gary Weeks, Gary Burns and many of the other members. They were also extremely supportive and generous with their time in assisting us to prepare for our trip to Warbirds over Wanaka in LNZ.
During all of this communication, we started talking with Gary about the possibility of doing some “transition training” in the Legacy. I had not done any real training other than flying with Terry who had done some training in California before the plane was shipped here.
I had been flying the Legacy very conservatively and well within its limits and my own personal minima’s. So after several weeks of strong westerlies and rain in Tassie, the weather cleared for three beautiful days of clear calm weather for putting the Legacy through its paces.
It is an awesome machine, and Gary opened our eyes to what it is capable of, how it behaves in different scenarios and how to make sure that we stay safe. We are not intending to go anywhere near the limits, but it is important to know where they are, how to recognise them, and what happens if you approach them.
We went through slow speed handling characteristics, stall recognition and recovery, steep turns, glide approaches, emergency gear extensions, engine management, instrument approach configuration, flapless landings, cross wind considerations, go-arounds and so many other helpful tips and advice on all sorts of topics, including Legacy specific maintenance issues, ditching and off-field landings, weight and balance, weather and icing, unusual attitude recovery and performance limitations. All absolutely invaluable knowledge that could one day save your life.
So if you haven’t already done it and you want to extend your knowledge of any Lancair you fly, get in touch with Gary or one of the other committee members and organise some training, or just get actively involved in the group, attend the fly-ins and benefit from the vast amount of experience and knowledge that exists within LOBO.
As a bonus, you will meet some fantastic people that enjoy sharing a common passion.
Thanks Gary for a thoroughly enjoyable and extremely valuable few days sharing your knowledge with us. We are very fortunate to have someone with your passion and expertise in the Lancair community.
LOBO Oz Port Macquarie Fly-in April 24th-26th 2015
Friday 24th Arrivals at any time that suits.
1700: We are planning a quiet get-together/meet-an-greet at the hangar, and will either have a simple sausage sizzle or perhaps order in some pizza; yet to be decided. Please BYOG.
0830-0845: Gather at the hangar. (highlighted area)
0930. Risk Radar introduction or other topics (to 10.30).
- Rod and the L39 depart for the Anzac Day flypast at Wauchope.
- The L39 returns.
1130. Maybe an hour session on Wing Cuffs and then Insurance, a representative from Aviation Insurance Brokers of Australia will be in attendance.
- Lunch today is a sausage sizzle / steak sandwich simple tucker. The tong master will be in action.
1315. Program (subject to change), discussion items may include:
- LOP operations
- Wing Cuffs
- Explosive decompression
- Trans Tasman
- Accident prevention and ATSB statistics
- Lancair specific maintenance items. Are you getting good maintenance, is your maintainer up to speed with Lancair specific items?
1530/1600 Show and tell
1715 to 1915. Twilight River cruise. $17.00 per head, there is a bar on board the vessel so just turn up.
- Dinner, $50.00 per head (3 course dinner with several options) plus drinks.
Our Port Macquarie Fly-In is shaping up to be a wonderful weekend, with many of our loyal LOBO Oz group keen to attend.
We will have an amazing collection of wonderful Lancair models in attendance.
So far, we have the following aircraft coming:
- 2 Lancair IVPT’s
- 1 Lancair IVP
- 3 Lancair IV twin turbo charged.
- 2 Lancair IV normally aspirated
- 1 Lancair Super ES
- 1 Lancair Columbia 300
- 1 Lancair 360
- 1 Lancair 320 – not yet confirmed
- 3 Lancair Legacy RG’s
The venue is ready to go with activities still being planned.
Friday evening is meet and greet with a snack and drink at the hangar. [Details to be finalised regarding a simple BBQ sausage sizzle, or order in pizza.]
Saturday morning will involve a President’s introduction, flying with others, and some LOBO Oz discussion on several subjects – detailed program to follow.
It has been great to see interest building in our LOBO OZ group.
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