Jim you need to watch a bit more of Trent Palmer to see why there is a new rage for more off road capable planes! Sure its nice to have a BMW coupe for those tar roads, but some people would rather have an SUV as it opens more adventure and destinations. Sure, a hardcore 4x4 will get you really deep, but an SUV ticks many boxes!jimdavis wrote: ↑Tue Jul 27, 2021 5:28 pmI guess I am way out of step here. I think here's no way that the average Joe is going to use that as a serious bush plane. A 185 is, and so is a Super Cub or any of half-dozen big-wheel Cub look-alikes.
How many of us have really needed a high wing because it the runway so narrow and the bush next to it is so high?
The only real marketable value of a high wing, in this class, is ease of entry, and possibly aerial photography. Although removing the boot door on a Cherokee has always proved popular with the photographers I have flown. The wing gets out of the way while you circle the target - instead of getting in the way. Same with game spotting or counting.
Visibility on a high wing - yes, PASSENGER visibility is great for flying over grannie's house, but PILOT visibility is not great. The busiest place you ever fly in is the circuit - and every time you turn you lose sight of the runway and all traffic in the direction of the turn. They make low-wing fighters, and serious aerobatic aeroplanes, and even gliders, for reasons of pilot viz and great aerodynamics.
And if you are thinking of training, then ground-effect on low-wings certainly helps to take the worst out of student landings. Having the weight at the bottom and a wide undercarriage - attached to the spar - makes a low-wing far more stable on the ground - which is where landing accidents happen. Also flight schools don't need to tie low-wings down in between flights.
I do have to admit that you can sit in the shade of a high wing and eat your saamies - but that's not enough reason for me to buy one in preference to a proper aeroplane.
Runs for cover.
Sorry, James and Mike - you excellent builders of Slings - I'm a huge fan, and I hope I am wrong about the market!
The only low wing that I regularly flew was a Samba, and although I enjoyed it, it just didn't meet my mission. I like adventuring to obscure airfields and farms, so I like to see where I am taxiing in finer detail, and where the rabbit holes are. In the air I enjoy looking down at the scenery, so its nice not having a wing covering a large part of it. I am fair skinned, so shade is great ... and the added shade when camping or packing the plane is a win. I want to be able to easily install my kids seat, throw in a tent, or the bike, without trying to awkwardly lug it up a wing. If the donkey dies, I like the fact my fuel is further away from obstacles, etc etc. But if I was in to aerobatics, well a low wing would be the go to.
Luckily for all of us there is choice, do you fancy yourself as a coupe tar burner man, a SUV crossover person, or a hardcore purist 4x4er I suppose