(Don Staats email 3/5/07)
I have about 30 hours on the Parrakeet and it performs well.
I may have mentioned before The improved performance I am getting by the use of aileron gap seals. Don Pellegreno gave me some leading edge tape (3
inch width) and it is perfect for creating a seal on the bottom of the aileron. Barry and Don have a debate whether the seal should go on the bottom or top. I followed Don's route since he was kind
enough to provide the tape.
My cruise at 2400 rpm is around 90 mph. I have a 70 X 50 prop and I am going to get the pitch changed to 52" sooner or later. This should
improve cruise a little.
The kind of flying I do under the Sport Pilot rules is the same as I used to do in the Pacer that I owned. About four years ago I took the Pacer to
Urbana, Illinois then to Odessa. Texas and back to Seguin, TX without once entering airspace that would not be open to the Sport Pilot. On the other hand, the Parrakeet is not as comfortable for a long
cross country, so I have been flying in the local area, mostly in a 100 mile radius of my home airport at Seguin.
If cross country was my thing I would get an enclosed, faster, two place.
Again, Don, I really appreciate the effort you have gone to and continue with to keep the Parrakeet a part of the flying community. I refer
everyone to your web site when I tell them about my plane.
Keep em' flying, Don Staats