My new AirDesign Vita
I am an entry level pilot, and I bought an AirDesign Vita to do safely my first XC flights. Having flown at school a Dudek Elf some years ago, I started flying again on a Niviuk Koyot. That was after a long break for a few months.
I just got my own wing from Air Design. These are my first impressions after 6 flights:
Strengths of the AirDesign Vita:
- Takeoff extremely easy. Comes immediately up and stays there, you don't need to do almost anything. I got an impression it's nailed to the sky.
- Behavior in thermals and on the ridge. Good feel of moving air around the wing, it rises very nice in turns, gives a good feel. I didn't feel like I was flying a school glider, it moves a bit and plays with.
- It must have quite a nice glide ratio at low speed. I overshot by about 20 meters the first landing.
- The rucksack is nice.
Doubts about the AirDesign Vita:
- I find white fabrics nice, but difficult to keep optically clean. That Korean thin stuff atracts every living creature on the meadow :P
- Steering reqires a bit of strength and has long ways, but it's precise and predictable. After landing it stayed up and I could not stall it :P
In general I love it. It's safe and I still feel its flying- its 1-2, not just 1. I notice it's telling me something, not just going down the hill.
For the first flights I would find the AirDesign Vita good for aware and active students.