I have heard it many times from instructors - the aircraft can do it, but can the pilot??
The SportStar and Harmony are particularly easy aircraft to fly - but to fly them well, takes experience, ideally prefaced with effective training. With the owner's safety in mind, every new Evektor is delivered with a included 3-hour familiarisation training programme with an experienced instructor.
Although not compulsory, we strongly recommend that unless you have already flown a SportStar or Harmony for many hours (and even then it is still worth considering) you take up this cost-included programme.
The new owner familiarization programme covers:
- a full briefing on the aircraft
- pre-flight checks and preparation
- a general handling and familiarization flight
- airfield circuits with touch-and-go's
- short field take-off and landing (STOL)
- baulked landing/go-round
- low speed flight with stall recognition and recovery
- high speed flight including spiral dive and recovery
- crosswind take-off and landing
- practiced engine failure
In 3 hours, you can begin to cover these items and the programme will give you a good foundation on which to build experience.
STOL (Short Take Off & Landing)
Compared with almost any basic GA aircraft, the SportStar and Harmony will take-off from and land in very small distances. But what can look easy when demonstrated by an experienced pilot can potentially get you into trouble if you haven't trained and/or got the experience yourself.
If your experience has been mainly on heavier GA aircraft like Cessna 150/172 or Piper Archer etc - be sure to get some training in a lighter LSA aircraft. Take-off is much quicker than you expect and landing speeds need to be accurately followed. Don't become a statistic!