Aircraft Review

October 2014 Issue

Denali Scout: Power, Handling, Fun

An extra 30 HP has turned a very good backcountry airplane into a great one. The Denali provides a good combination of STOL capability and decent speed.

Let’s begin with the conclusion: American Champion’s decision to add 30 HP to the long-serving, 180-HP Scout, to make what it calls the Denali Scout—created the stud brute of the two-place, backcountry airplane set. It keeps the honest handling and excellent ground manners of the Scout while notching up the climb rate from very good to nearly breathtaking. There are some shortcomings that we’ll outline—they are all carryovers from the original Scout and not safety of flight matters.

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