I’m starting to play around with certain planes that I never thought I would really enjoy, which are low, slow tail-dragging bush planes.
A couple of them, like the Savage Cub and the Shock Ultra can bleed off speed super fast when you drop flaps, letting you land almost anywhere if you have a few hundred feet to play with. But others like the XCub really don’t seem to want to slow down at all - I’ve crossed airstrip thresholds at 50 knots with full flaps, no power, and reached the end of the runway at 40 knots and still airborne. You really have to slam it down, whereas in the Ultra or Savage Cub you bleed off speed and settle like a leaf.
I just bought the Kitfox hoping it would fly more like the Ultra, but no it is more like the XCub - it just won’t bleed off speed - and with only 6 degrees of flaps you can understand why. It takes off incredibly fast, but I want 300 foot landings (basically football fields).
I’d just stay with the Ultra, but I also want an autopilot, for transits, because I want to fly missions.
Am I wrong in thinking that there is something wrong with the XCub (and Kitfox) speed retention? I would think a bush plan’s prerequisites would be to slow right down right now.