February 1999 Issue

Letters: February 1999

Six Place Step-Up
I continue to be amazed by all I have read concerning the difficulty of flying T-tailed Pipers, particularly the Turbo Lance.

I bought a 1979 Turbo Lance the day after my private checkride with fewer than 60 hours in 172s. By the third landing, I was proficient. The statement that on the T-tailed aircraft: “Nothing happens until 80 knots when, whoop, the stabilator comes alive” is patently false. Anyone who cannot fly these airplanes after a little practice is simply sloppy.

Mike Rapoport
via e-mail

Not all T-tail owners agree with that point of view. We don’t either, having experienced the T-tail Lance’s occasionally odd runway...

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