LightSport Man gets to try out a Cessna 162 Today

LightSport Man gets to try out a Cessna 162 Today.  I never been in a Cessna 162 so I was lucky that I got to get into the seat of one from Falcon Executive Aviation today.

I found from coming from a Remos GX you need to learn a few things:

  • Brake is NOT a hand brake and you need to use rudder pedals for that.
  • You need to know how to use the fuel Mixture.
  • Flaps are not on a switch.

I had a great time doing some stalls, turns and some landings.. the CFI that I got from Falcon Executive Aviation was also very nice and easy to work with.. It looks like I need one more session before I can pass the check ride and be renting this plane..  Over all had a fun day and I learn so much…

Its stall characteristics are more abrupt, to get full flaps you have to pull the bar up so high it blocks the throttle,  The G300 is a mini G1000, but the rest of the interior looks unfinished.

With 2 in the cockpit you should take off with 1/2 fuel, Where the GX motor ends with a clunk, this one starts with a clunk.

It uses a bit more force on the rudder pedals, and it’s differential braking as to the GX’s nose wheel steering.

She gets the job done but it’s not as fun as the GX plus you she has to go on a diet!

This is the path I got to fly today.
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6 thoughts on “LightSport Man gets to try out a Cessna 162 Today

  1. Couple of notes…pay attention to xwind limits…you can quickly run into full deflection! Also, on go arounds, be very careful not to dump all the flaps accidentally…it’s easy to do. Other than that, it will make you a better pilot and it’s a blast to fly!

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  2. “Unfinished” was my impression as well. I didn’t get to fly it, but I did get a chance to look one over while it was opened up, and I wasn’t particularly impressed. I realize they needed to minimize weight where they could, but a lot of what was missing was just plain effort.

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  3. Uncomfortably sensitive pitch control at take off and landing speeds. Lateral motion of the stick (?) for roll control also takes some getting used to. Like the panel layout with dual G300s. Pretty expensive at $90,000 to $150,000. Much happier with a Cessna 150J for $15,000 and installed a Garmin 696 panel dock and Garmin GNC 255 nav com with built in intercom to replace old aging avionics.

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