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Aircraft Review : Lancair Legacy FG Ver 1.2.0 by Aerobask
 
Circuits : KPVG - Hampton Roads Exec VA
 
Aerobask have a new composite creation for X-Plane in the Lancair Legacy FG. This is a neat two seater, low-wing, retractable-gear composite monoplane that is manufactured by the USA company Lancair. Most Legacy's are sold as a kit, costing around US$71,500 (US$220,000 built) and the owners build the aircraft themselves with a builder assist program supplied by Lancair. In reality there are no two Legacy's the same as the owners fit them out to their own different specifications, there is also a fixed-gear version of the FG and that is this model here with wheel housings.
 
The aircraft is made from vacuum-molded composite sandwiches. Its 7.8 m (25.6 ft) span wing employs a Cole GC10 airfoil at the wing root and a Cole GC11 airfoil at the wingtip. The wing has an area of 7.6 m2 (82 sq ft) and mounts flaps. The aircraft can accept engines of 200 to 310 hp (149 to 231 kW). The standard engine used is the 310 hp (231 kW) Continental IO-550 but engines as small as the 200 hp (149 kW) Lycoming IO-360 four-stroke powerplant can be fitted. The aircraft here has the Lycoming IO390 210 HP version installed.
 

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The Legacy is a very sleek aircraft and comes with a single bubble type canopy. It is fast as well for its size...   at 186 KTAS (215mph) @ 8,000ft and has a range of just over 1,150 mi (999 nmi; 1,851 km).
 

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You would call the Legacy a simple aircraft in many aspects, but not a basic one. Simple in the way you use it and the way it flies. But not basic in the set out and what you get in the way of the Avionics suite.
 

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The avionics in this aircraft would put the Dreamliner to shame. In reality you get everything in here bar a flight attendant mixing you drinks.
 

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The full suite is very impressive with a EFIS : Dynon D100 with the EIS : JPI EDM 93. The Transponder is a Garmin GTX330. The radio set is the Garmin SL30 and the Dynon D100 works in love with the Dynon AP74 Autopilot, finally the system has the icing on the cake with the X-Plane 10.30 Garmin GNS530 GPS unit. The EIS screen is switchable to show the fuel tank amounts and you can adjust the amount of each of the left and right tanks by two dials.
 

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Impressive...  Yes it all is. But there are a few standard backup instruments lower down on the panel, In flight I found I used these (mostly the speed dial) more than the impressive electronic gadget right in my eyeline just call me old fashioned I suppose. They include (left to Right) IAS Speed dial - Artificial Horizon - Altimeter. To the right of the dials is the main power switches, One for the the battery and one to power up the avionics. An odd thing is in the standard lighting and electrical switchware is one switch called the "Cross Tie"...  Try to start the aircraft with it switched off and nothing will happen? So make sure it is on before pressing the starter. And a press you do, as it is another oddity in that you turn the key twice but a third turn of the key will gain you nothing? certainly no swinging propeller or noises from the engine part of the aircraft. So to make the engine come to life you have to press the side of the key?

 

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On the center pedestal are the three classic engine handles in Throttle - Propeller - Mixture. Below them is the big red fuel tank switch (left - Right - Off), You have to watch your tanks as they run down one at a time, so switching one over to the over when nearly empty is not a really great practice in a small plane like this. Use a period of use on one side and then switch to the other and back again and keep the tanks more or less level is a better way to keep the balance better.
 
There are the three trim dials, but Aerobask recommend setting a hat switch on your joystick as a better way to adjust the trim. On the right side of the panel is the flap switch, flaps are three position in 0º - 10º and 30º and 120kts minimum use. Final dial is the Chronometer and timer.  To open and close the canopy there is a very large handle between the seat by your right arm (It is best to set a view to access it quickly).
 
Inside the aircraft the seating and internal cabin is very nicely finished and very modern, with both of the joystick style of control sticks sitting between your legs.
 
Electronic Instrumentation

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Aerobask does this electronic screens and menu driven panels very well. There is a lot of information in your face, and it will take time to really find everything and know naturally where everything is located on the screen... complex?  Yes it is a little. But basically the right side is your heading and course and your left side is the artificial horizon with speed and altitude strips, easy enough, well yes but it is all the other little blocks of information that you have to absorb, it soon all falls into place, but it will take a little time like noted to really know where to look to get that certain type of information you require. This not helped in that the Menu system uses the same space to do its work as well.
 
You use the menu by the six large buttons on the bottom of the display, they are multi-functional and the first left button is the access to the main menu, as a prophet of good ergonomics then why can't the basic menu be the main menu? already you have to press one button just to get to the main menu?  That is why I am not a big fan of these menu driven systems, as there are too many loops to go through to get to what you need. Then by adding in bad weather, poor lighting and heavy traffic and you are head down trying to set a radio frequency in a menu... sometimes simple is better.
 
The main menu has four selections in BARO - AP (Autopilot) - CDI - MORE (menu 2) the far right button is the EXIT button for anytime you want to go back to the main menu. Press BARO and here you can set your Baro pressures, no knob to twiddle but only buttons in DEC- (descend) INC - (increase) to adjust the settings. The Barometer reading is shown in the third box.
 

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The AP menu is to select your HDG (heading) and ALT (altitude) by each screen and adjustment is again DEC- (descend) INC - (increase) and SYNC is to lock in the current Altitude or Heading. The adjustment is shown in the display, but then disappears. The AP works together with the Dynon AP74 panel lower center. Controls here are very basic in AP (on/off) Select - HDG (heading lock) - TRK (not working) - NAV (Flightplan lock) and ALT (altitude lock).  There is a function "180º" here which will turn the aircraft 180º while keeping the same speed and altitude, it is for use in cloud and other non-visible heading changes.
 

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Next menu is the CDI (course deviation indicator) select, Here you select NAV1/NAV2 and GPS for your flightplan to be active....  Note the visual AOA indicator, coupled with a warning sound near stall speed. (yellow arrow)
 

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Pressing the MORE button gives you a second menu of SETUP options in PITCH Svo - CHKLIST - REFLECT - PERFS
 
PITCH Svo allows you to set the vertical speed when the autopilot altitude is adjusted, you have only two V/S to choose from in 500fpm and 1200fpm which is not really a lot in a sort of slow climb and a fast climb. The choice is shown in the display.
 
CHKLIST, next menu selection is a visual checklist. Very handy and easy to navigate with PREV - NEXT to move to the next set of instructions.
 

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Next two menu options are REFLECT, which gives you a clear window or a tinted one. And finally PERFS gives you an aircraft "Performance Guide".
 

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On the right side of the panel is the electronic EIS (ENGINE INDICATE SYSTEM) This covers all aspects of the aircraft systems including MAP : Manifold pressure. - RPM : Propeller Speed RPM. - OIL °T : Oil temperature. - OIL P : Oil pressure. - FUEL P : Fuel pressure. - VOLTS : Battery voltage. - AMPS : Battery intensity. - OAT : Outside Air Temperature. - FF : Fuel flow (GPH). - LEFT FUEL, RIGHT FUEL : Fuel quantity. - EGT : Exhaust gas temperature. - CHT : Cylinder head. temperature.
Pressing the far left button you can refuel the aircraft, by the other two buttons that can fill or empty the two R-L wing tanks (66 Gallons). On the top of the avionic stack is a set of Annunciators that cover Brake (parking) - SPBRK (Speedbrake up) - Fuel QTTY - ALTERN OFF - LOW VOLT - (usually the Cross-Tie switch) - OIL Press - Oil Temp - Pitot Heat (on). The aircraft comes with water effects as well if it is raining in X-Plane Land, they drip effectively and swish away around at 80knts.
 
Flying the Lancair Legacy
Even if you are confronted by the modern avionics and general modern technology, the actual operation and flying of the Lancair is that it is really a basic and simple aircraft to fly. Everything checked and then just hit the starter and off you go. Your vision is totally unobstructed in your bubble world sort of way, taxi out and then place the aircraft on the runway is like driving your car out to the main road, easy and light.
 

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Brakes off and up the throttle and away you go. The aircraft tracks mostly true with only a little rudder to keep the center line, no flap is needed either and at 80Knts you are ready to fly. You have to be careful not to over-rotate and climb to quickly, the aircraft is very light and very handy on the stick... easy to fly is the right point to say. Just ease it off the runway and then set out your pitch to climb away nicely as you have plenty of power to feel the pull upwards.

 

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If you over-throttle then when you reach the yellow band then the display will tell you to back off a little. Setting the pitch and climb manually gives you more control than the AP preferences, so I climbed up to 1500ft and leveled off and checked my heading.
 

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The Lancair Legacy is only available in the X-Plane 10.30 version (This review was flown in RC2, But 10.30 final is due any day now) and that is because the aircraft is fitted with the Garmin GNS 530 GPS. Amazingly good it is as well in here. In fact it makes this little sports cruiser into a great distance cruiser with ease. The screen pops out for ease of use, but I never needed to do that as the GNS530 screen is big enough anyway. It still takes time to orginaize all the different menu choices and settings, as these new GPS units are quite complex, but that is what makes them powerful as well.
 

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But with the comprehensive avionics package available in the Legacy you have link items together together and in part they over-ride each other to do the same action. Making your GNS530 flightplan work is a bit of a palaver that you need a few buttons set in the right order to make it all active. Setting the CDI to "GPS" is the right connection to the CL30...   The CL30 is your NAV2 radio set, and it is quite a powerful unit for VOR - DME tracks and ranges. So you have to then set the OBS on the CL30. Then you have the same setting of the OBS on the GNS530 (as well as the CDI) so both the CDI and the OBS are duplicated in here. Then finally the "NAV" button on the AP74 locks them all together.
 
Every time you reach a waypoint and activate a new heading you have to press the OBI again on the GNS530 to lock it in. It all becomes second nature after a while and works wonderfully well. The CL30's power here is that it covers all frequencies in COM 1&2 and NAV 1&2  (NAV1 is also on the GNS530) and to adjust your course you use the right hand knob. The GMA 240 is your morse code receiver radio and built in music player.
 

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The aircraft is fun and breezy to fly. So if you want to turn all the gadgets off and just twirl yourself around the sky, then the aircraft will please with ease. The Legacy is light on the stick and you can bank and dive and swoop up with a grin across your face...  fun over then just turn the gizmos back on a lazily track back with the GPS route back to your airfield. Sounds overall are great and not over intrusive but still very realistic, with sounds recorded directly from the real Lycoming IO-390 engine and you can load in your own music if you want to.
 
Liveries
There are eight liveries with the Lancair (One white and seven coloured)...  The Aerobask Racing is very nice, but the Stars and Stripes looks very patriotic. The aircraft uses the high quality 4K textures (4096 X 4096 px) and framerate is very good.
 

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Lighting
 



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Lighting is nicely ajustable via two knobs on the top-right of the pane. The left is for the display brightness and the right knob is for the cabin brightness. Between the two adjustments you can find the right mood you want. Outside lighting is the standard you expect from an aircraft of this size with NAV/Strobe lights but no beacon. Good and well paced taxi and landing lights work well.
 

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The lighting looks very authentic as they are situated in the wing.  Flaps are 3 position and are well created and not hinged from the wing but held by out the actual struts.
 
Landing
Pitch down and like climbing out the aircraft will lose height effortlessly, so positioning the aircraft for landing is easy, It can get a bit jiggly if you want to manoeuvre and change your position regularly, but that is more the amount of nice control you have over the balance of the aircraft, than more the aircraft fighting you. Dirty will 30º flap your speed is around 110knts, dropping down to 90knts to set yourself up with the center of the runway.
 

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If your speed is too high you then have electric powered air-brakes that pop up out of the wings by a flip of a switch on the left side of the panel...  But use them with caution, Then are very on - off, It is like hitting the brakes on your car full on. the aircraft will slightly lurch up as the speed drops away quickly. In most cases you should be able to govern your speed easily and not need them at all, If you do use them, then don't use them close to the ground because they cause the aircraft to float badly and ruin your landing...   80knts is a good landing speed and you should be able to easily touch all three wheels of the tri-cycle landing gear perfectly.
 

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Lancair Legacy LG update 1.2.0

A few items have been adjusted in an update to the Legacy with the 1.2.0 update.

 

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Changes include the insertion of the "Rate of Turn Indicator as shown above and other general clean ups...  full changelog list for 1.2 is:  Fix Avionic cold & dark (when relocating the plane) - Add Turn rate indicator - Add Bearing To Indicator arrows on HSI - Add park brake handle (replace heat handle) - Fix misspelling - Fix and update flight manual.

 
Summary
In a way the Lancair Legacy is a tour-de-force. Very nimble and easy to fly, it is great and a very easy machine to use. But it comes with a very comprehensive avionics package that would be more at home on a light-jet than a kit-build machine like this. But the avionics gives the aircraft a big dimension that you wouldn't use it for just for a nice easy flight over the area, but it also allows you to seriously go long distances and cover a lot of country in the process, Fun-day flyer or Tourer?  In all cases the aircraft is both and that is its appeal, if you love your gadgets and programming you will have a field day in there. So it is everything to everyone in this light-aircraft category.
 
Aerobask are very established developers now in X-Plane and their work is very good. They do these sort of composite - Hi-Tech aircraft very well and the Legacy is the best so far in that it feels more complete with the experience of the Twin-Star DA42 and the Pipistrel Panthera behind them. So you have a great package here...  Well modeled and completed aircraft, good textures and liveries, well flying aircraft and an avionics package to dream of, and all at a sub US$20 price... great deal and great aircraft full of ideas.
 
Review By Stephen Dutton
 
Features:

  • Textures in Ultra-High Definition (4K)
  • Animated Panoramic windshield with reflections
  • Many custom sounds : engine, canopy, flaps, speedbrakes, ground roll, spoken alert, etc...
  • Animated cockpit : controls, rudder pedals, switches, levers, key...
  • Liveries by XFlyer : more 5 different paint schemes with Normal mapping effects.
  • Super low price so anyone can enjoy it!

Yes! the Lancair Legacy FG by Aerobask is now available from the X-Plane.Org Store here : Lancair Legacy FG
 
Price is US$19.95
 
Installation :
Download is 217.40 mb : Installed 263.20
which is unzipped to your X-Plane in your GA folder. You must be in X-Plane 10.30 to use this aircraft.
 
Documents :
The Legacy comes with a very comprehensive document and manual package that covers all the avionics in the aircraft and a Manual in French and English (44pages)
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Support Thread : Aerobask - Harranssor
 
Copyright © 2014 : X-Plane Reviews
 
13th September 2014
 
X-Plane Reviews would like to thank Marc Leydecker for to use his excellent KPVG Hampton Roads Exec Airport
 
Technical Requirements:
Windows, MAC or Linux. X-Plane 10.30 or higher - 32 and 64 bit compatible. (X-Plane 10.25 not supported - X-Plane 9 not supported)
1GB VRAM Recommended

Current version: 1.1
 
Review System Specifications:
Computer System:     
- 2.66 Ghz Intel Core i5 iMac 27”
- 6 Gb 1067 Mhz DDR3
- ATI Radeon HD 4850 512mb
Software:     
- Mac OS Mavericks 10.9.4
- X-Plane 10 Global ver 10.30RC2
Addons
- Saitek x52 Pro system Joystick and Throttle

- Bose Soundlink WiFi Speaker
Scenery
- KPVG Hampton Roads animated HD Photo-realistic airport 1.0 by Marc Leydecker - Free (.org KPVG Hampton Roads Exec Airport)
 
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Guest BR

I bought the aircraft and was disappointed to see that the turn rate indicator is not implemented on the EFIS, making the aircraft unusable for IFR flight.

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The EFIS d100 is supposed to have a purple turn rate indicator below the compass tape at the top. Are you sure what you're pointing at is a turn rate indicator? Please see the EFIS manual included with the aircraft. The turn rate indicator as shown there is not present.

 

I'll get back to you on that, I'll check with Aerobask.

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I bought the aircraft and was disappointed to see that I am unable to file a flight plan in the gns 530. I filed a flight plan using the enter key to no avail. I pressed flight plan then the small arrows on the bottom right knob to go to catalog as in the manual. The manual claimed to then hit the menu button. This would give options including; crate flight plan. I attempted to contact the manufacturer directly to no avail.

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Alfred, I think that's an X-Plane issue, not specific to the plane, since the new GPS is built in, not added by the aircraft.

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I bought the aircraft and was disappointed to see that I am unable to file a flight plan in the gns 530. I filed a flight plan using the enter key to no avail. I pressed flight plan then the small arrows on the bottom right knob to go to catalog as in the manual. The manual claimed to then hit the menu button. This would give options including; crate flight plan. I attempted to contact the manufacturer directly to no avail.

 

BR is correct, the GNS is set up to use the basic X-Plane GPS system and not a Garmin menu system. It works like this.

 

You Delete and Save flightplans in the Menu (yellow arrow) roll down and select by pressing ENT. Item to be selected (by ENT) must be highlighted in white. To insert and use a created X-Plane Flightplan then do this...

 

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post-2-0-42307800-1410753607_thumb.jpg select a flightplan from the X-Plane menu (note the flightplans are the second page of flightplans - yellow arrow) scroll down and select by ENT

 

post-2-0-25865900-1410753881_thumb.jpg Select the fix you want or the first one and press direct post-2-0-58278300-1410753931_thumb.jpg Press ENT to activate that leg

 

When you get close to the waypoint you then select the next waypoint you want to use. post-2-0-61529800-1410754092_thumb.jpg It must be highlighted and the GPS will tell you (yellow arrow) when to press direct to select

 

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:) SD

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The EFIS d100 is supposed to have a purple turn rate indicator below the compass tape at the top. Are you sure what you're pointing at is a turn rate indicator? Please see the EFIS manual included with the aircraft. The turn rate indicator as shown there is not present.

 

I'll get back to you on that, I'll check with Aerobask.

 

Aerobask have now included the rate of turn indicator in the Legacy FG...  It will be included in the next update.

 

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:) SD

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Awesome, Stephen! And thank you Aerobask for the quick update! Now my only wished-for feature is getting multiple nav sources/arrows displayed at the same time on the HSI :)

 

Do you know what the feature at the bottom is that you indicated in the earlier screenshot? Is it a CDI?

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Awesome, Stephen! And thank you Aerobask for the quick update! Now my only wished-for feature is getting multiple nav sources/arrows displayed at the same time on the HSI :)

 

Do you know what the feature at the bottom is that you indicated in the earlier screenshot? Is it a CDI?

 

The first one I noted was the ILS alignment, the second one was a rate of roll indicator (on image), but it does not seem to move very much in operation?

 

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SD

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I'm fairly certain that's just the slip indicator. It's the same as the ball on a traditional turn coordinator.

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Guest michael2

can someone tell me how to close that freakin cockpit hatch

have tried to find some hotspots to click on and all the usual shift + F1-12 but i cant find a way to close it

besides i prefer to start the aircraft dark and cold without the engine running

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Having got this plane on FSX from RealAir does anyone know how they compare? Just recently got Xplane and I am looking for a good GA for it.

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BR is correct, the GNS is set up to use the basic X-Plane GPS system and not a Garmin menu system. It works like this.

 

You Delete and Save flightplans in the Menu (yellow arrow) roll down and select by pressing ENT. Item to be selected (by ENT) must be highlighted in white. To insert and use a created X-Plane Flightplan then do this...

 

attachicon.gifLegacy_FP Delete.jpg first you make sure your flightplan is empty by using delete in the menu. Delete by pressing ENT attachicon.gifLegacy_FP Clear.jpg

 

attachicon.gifLegacy_FP Enter.jpg select a flightplan from the X-Plane menu (note the flightplans are the second page of flightplans - yellow arrow) scroll down and select by ENT

 

attachicon.gifLegacy_Select.jpg Select the fix you want or the first one and press direct attachicon.gifLegacy_activate.jpg Press ENT to activate that leg

 

When you get close to the waypoint you then select the next waypoint you want to use. attachicon.gifLegacy_Next way.jpg It must be highlighted and the GPS will tell you (yellow arrow) when to press direct to select

 

attachicon.gifLegacy_activate 2.jpg Again activate by pressing ENT. This waypoint is now top of the list  and off you go to the new heading, attachicon.gifLegacy_new leg.jpg keep on repeating new legs till the end of the flightplan

 

:) SD

Yup, once one get's the hang of entering the data the 530 is a very good system. One has to take just a little time to enter the data, I use Flightzone flight planer to give me the info to enter ...

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Having got this plane on FSX from RealAir does anyone know how they compare? Just recently got X-plane and I am looking for a good GA for it.

K, you can't compare Apples to oranges X-Plane has set its own standard and as one who has operated two systems don't look back at FS… what ever it was... Make sure you have enough ram and a good graphic card to operate the X-plane because then graphics are a cut above anything you are use to up to this point, if all you have been running is FS... and then make sure you have enough disk-space to add-on the aircraft and the scenery one is going to want once one see the poetical that one has in X-Plane.

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Guest Razalom

My computer is fine and very up to date but I was more enquiring how it flies in regards to flight model etc

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My computer is fine and very up to date but I was more enquiring how it flies in regards to flight model etc

 

As noted in the review "The aircraft is fun and breezy to fly. So if you want to turn all the gadgets off and just twirl yourself around the sky, then the aircraft will please with ease. The Legacy is light on the stick and you can bank and dive and swoop up with a grin across your face"...  It is a very nice aircraft to fly and yes it is very close to the flight model, but very light to fly.

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