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A2A's C182 Skylane, First Flight

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There is nothing I like more than taking a new A2A aircraft out for it's first spin, luckily the company usually puts out the manual a couple of days earlier than the initial product release so I had a chance to get comfortable with it's finer points. If you are a fan of Cessna aircraft and A2A's Accu-simed package then you are in for a treat, a fast high-winged plane with all the bells and whistles, not to mention a few new ones like it's hand towbar addition.

 

Pardon my screenshots, my Nividia settings went screwy on me. :(

 

 

I picked up my new Cessna at A2A's home airport in Plainville, Connecticut from Robertson Airpark with an early dusk start.

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Love at first site!!! I quickly make up a flightplan to a small airport, Beltsville Muni in Pennsylvania, I like to fly into near where I live. 

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Before I go any further, let me comment on how sweet this aircraft sounds through all phases of flight, A2A did a really nice job with tons on sound files and placing my Bose headphones upon my head I was transported into the cockpit I could almost feel the leather seats. :cool:  

 

After a quicker than should be walk-around, I was soon on the taxiway doing my mag checks.

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This thing leaps off the runway with a throaty growl and climbs so fast you need to reign it in.

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Around 10minutes to the New York state boarder and another ten or so and I was making my first turn at the Kingston VOR.

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Crossing the Hudson River which flows down past Manhattan Island and into the Atlantic. West Point Military Academy is right around the turn past those cliffs into the haze.

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I will be soon be leaving New York at my next turn at the Huguenot VOR

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Still in the turn I can see the town of Port Jervis, N.Y. it is a well known place as it sits on the border of New York to it's north, New Jersey to the south and Pennsylvania to the southwest.

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Although I am headed to PA, I will need to fly into NJ for a bit to take a heading off the Stillwater VOR. I do this so I can fly over the Delaware Water Gap. This is a beautiful place were the Delaware River flows from one side of a mountain range to the other through a deep gap. The river basically separates Pennsylvania from New Jersey here. You can just make it out, a shame the day was so hazy.

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The turn to the west from the STL VOR was uneventful and it wasn't long before I could just make out Beltsville lake and the airport on a bluff to it's south side. And that is only because I have done this before, as it is still about 10nm away.

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On left downwind for runway 08  

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On final

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One heavy landing later I roll out

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and park it up in my modest(dinky) local muni.

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The A2A C182 is a handful being a touch nose heavy because of the big six-cylinder Lycoming engine and it's heavy elevator at low speeds but in the cruise it is a joy to behold.   :thum:

 

Just my opinion, thanks for watching and hope you enjoyed the flight. :)

 

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Nice trip Brett and thanks for the geography lesson. There's nothing like jumping into a new bird and she looks sweet, look after her. :thum:

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Thanks Geoff, I certainly will have to look after her, it's a must on these products. :D

 

Sorry about the geography :blahblah: , I get carried away. :th_blush:

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Good to see you spoiling yourself..  :thum:

 

:)  Hmm....it really does feel good, I can get used to this. :D

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OK, where's my credit card!

 

Thanks for the report Brett, it's nice to see your local scenery featured.

 

I watched the official A2A video yesterday and will check out that manual at lunchtime!

 

Cheers  :thum:

 

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Thanks Joe. :) Frooglesim has a couple of videos out already if you want a better look at the sim aircraft, there were a few changes to the cockpit look from when the A2A first look vid was made. 

 

 

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Grats on the new plane. She looks like a beauty.

I'm gonna stick with my A2A Cherokee for a while...not actually a high wing fan myself (despite owning a hangar full of them :D ).

If they come out with a RG version of something...maybe...

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If they come out with a RG version of something...maybe...

 

 

Yes, if that 182 had an RG version I'd buy it in a minute.  The Carenado 182 RG is a great AirHauler ride - no more schlepping along at 115 knots.

 

Nice work, Brett.

 

John

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Thanks guys! :)

 

I have the Cherokee too, great handling aircraft and in my opinion it has the prettiest VC around in a GA plane. 

 

I prefer a high wing because I do a lot of sightseeing and the view is better but handling wise the Piper wins and makes for a steady platform.  

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Excellent post Brett, an interesting adventure in a lovely aircraft.

Looking forward to some serious flying time in this aircraft myself.

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Thanks you Graeme, :hat: I trust you will enjoy it as much as I have, it is my favorite cross-country flyer. :)

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