October 2012 Issue

Letters: October 2012

Flying a Piper Archer II, I drooled over the gas mileage of your best LSA pick, the Pipistrel Virus. So I flew to the SLA showcase in early 2012 at Sebring, Florida airport to get a closer look at the Virus. Once I got into the pilot’s seat, I wondered who would buy this airplane? To me, it is downright dangerous, as the main wing spar intrudes into the cockpit, crossing just a little bit in front of and above your head. (I am only 5 feet 9 inches.) In a not-too-perfect forced landing, your head could easily be crushed by the impact with the main spar. I mentioned my concern to the salesman who responded that, “You lean forward in front of the spar just before impact”... then I surmised the back of my head could be crushed as the indeterminate G forces toss my body and head around in milliseconds, seatbelts notwithstanding.

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