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    Swift or Classic

    Inspired by GT's post, I'm planning to build a replacement for my 912 Skyranger Classic. I don't know if I should stick with a Classic or go for a Swift.


    I fly from a private strip that is east/west, 250m long with a significant slope at one end. Landing in an easterly means that there is 125m of flatish grass followed by 125m of downhill. My Classic has always got in and out ok but the hedge does get quite close in a light easterly.


    I assume that if I went for the Swift any take off challenges will be deal with by the 912S but what about landing? The HADS suggest 30m longer, but is the landing roll that much longer in practice?


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    I did look briefly at the SLA100 but I'm very happy with my Skyranger and building a plane for the first time will be a lot easier with an existing machine to refer to.

    There is almost no information on the SLA100 available online. Without that, it's very hard to seriously consider it.

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    Why not build a 100hp classic and put as much distance between you and the hedge as possible?
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    I'm surprised I've beaten Terry swift is the way I will go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Katie View Post
    Why not build a 100hp classic and put as much distance between you and the hedge as possible?
    That is certainly the safest option with the least chance of getting a face full of hawthorne, but I like the idea of a faster, smoother ride. The fact that it looks sexier and that there is scope for another 3kg of toys isn't affecting my judgement at all


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    I have no problem in my converted Classic to Swift, I can land over a 5 ft hedge and still stop in less than 200 mts, Learn to fly it and not use the glide approach, will cut down your landing distance by over a third.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry Viner View Post
    I have no problem in my converted Classic to Swift, I can land over a 5 ft hedge and still stop in less than 200 mts, Learn to fly it and not use the glide approach, will cut down your landing distance by over a third.
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    Terry, did you notice much of a difference in where you came to a halt once you had chopped the wings down?


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