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Flight Test Engineer/FlightSafety International/Retired from USAF (reserve) and have worked in Flight Simulation for over 40 years.
Have been involved with civil aviation since leaving active duty USAF in 1976.
Have served in the position of Flight Test Group Leader at FlightSafety since 1983. My work there primarily involves instrumenting and testing bizjets adn turboprop military and civilian aircraft to acquire flying characteristics information for flight simulator design and qualification.
Thanks for your note. I've been flying the Zenith 250 for seven years, and I find it an honest airplane with decent performance. Mine has 150 hp Lycoming, full fairings and some mods from the plans, such as sidewall mounted throttle. I don't know if you have flown yours yet but will offer some comment.
I normally carry a bit of power into the flare for landing, and when assured of the runway, start easing the power back and continuing the flare. I am usually rewarded with a smooth touchdown, then keep easing the stick back to keep the nosewheel off the pavement as long as possible. I have a nose wheel lock on mine, which I leave locked for all takeoff and landing operations, and all but close quarter taxi work. I would describe the flight characteristics as similar to a Cherokee 180/235 (short wing), with similar performance numbers.
If I can assist in any way, please let me know. Thanks...
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