LXAA trip to Slovakia for a tow hook fitting

In May 2019 two of our team, Jonathan and Nick, flew our demonstrator G-LXAA back to Aerospool to have a tow hook and constant speed prop fitted as soon as this mod is approved by EASA. Flying across Europe and touring is what the Dynamic is designed for, and the journey was thoroughly enjoyable. It gave an opportunity to first visit the Dynamic French agent, Max Finesse, at Haguenau and then the Dynamic Austrian agent, Peter Huber and his son Stefan. Here are some photos of the trip which was 29th-31st May 2019:

 

Taken whilst on long finals at Le Touquet (local time 11:30am), with slight sea mist, to clear customs and have lunch after leaving Turweston, England, at 9am Wednesday.

The next stop was Haguenau, near the German border, to see Christian Stuck – the French Dynamic agent. We also got to spend the night in our favorite hotel, the Hotel Champ’Alsace.

Our overnight parking outside the Max Finesse hangar

Self service hotel arranged by Christian.

Wednesday evening enjoying a beer whilst flight planning and filing Thursday’s flight plan.

Cloud building over the foothills of the Alps – time to descend – after an early start under blue skies on Thursday.

On finals at the funnily named LOLS – Schärding-Suben Airport, just inside Austria – north east of Salzburg, to have lunch with the Austrian Dynamic agents.

On Thursday afternoon we had time for a tourist flight into the Austrian Alps over Salzberg to see Eagles Nest at Obersalzberg near Berchtesgaden.

Zoom in on Eagles Nest from the above photo. The road leads in to the an entrance tunnel, which has a lift shaft to access the Kehlsteinhaus.

We also had time to visit Unterwössen, the home of the German Alpine Gliding Club.

Back at LOLS – unloading for the walk into tow.

Schärding-Suben Airport is also the home of a gliding club.

Thursday evening’s sunset over the River Inn near the hotel.

Friday morning was spent following the Danube across Austria to the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Wave clouds from the mountains in northern Slovakia – luckily the forecast rain held off.

Finals at Prievidza – home of Aerospool and the Dynamic factory.

Unloading on the apron amongst many new Dynamics.We found a WT10 Advantic hiding in the hanger that will be available as a quick build kit in the UK soon.

By chance there was a French EASA CS-LSA Dynamic for us to fly back to Haguenau, after leaving G-LXAA behind for the tow hook fitting.

In the three days, we spent 16 hours in the sky. After landing in Haguenau on Friday evening, we stayed in Strasbourg and enjoyed the sights Saturday morning before catching the TGV to Paris and then the Eurostar back home.

 

 

Does the WT9 Dynamic LSA fulfill the enhanced noise protection limits in Germany?

Yes, the WT9 Dynamic LSA fulfills and it is better for about 0,1db in Germany regulations.

In Germany on some airports with an annual number of takeoffs exceeding 15000 takeoffs it has to fulfill special rules to limit the noise footprint for the environment of the airport. These rules state that aircraft which are not comply with predefined noise limits are not allowed to doing circuits or local flights under 60 minutes duration in the morning, during noon and after sunset under the week and in the morning and in the afternoon during the weekends and on holidays.

With the enhanced noise protection you can pay less at some aeroports.

What does EASA LSA mean?

Light Sport Aeroplane complies with the following criteria:

  1. A Maximum Take-Off Mass of not more than 600 kg
  2. A maximum stalling speed in the landing configuration (VS0) of not more than 45 knots CAS at the aircraft’s maximum certificated Take-Off Mass and most critical centre of gravity.
  3. A maximum seating capacity of no more than two persons, including the pilot.
  4. A single, non-turbine engine fitted with a propeller.
  5. A non-pressurised cabin

These specifications apply to aeroplanes intended for “non-aerobatic” and for “VFR day” operation only.

The airworthiness code is ASTM International standard F2245.

The Multi-Disciplinary Measure (MDM) group MDM.032 is working on proposals to reduce the regulatory burden on these recreational aircraft. These changes to the regulations, when in place, will replace the interim measures set out above.