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Anybody Flown A Katana?

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2001 7:43 am
by c172akula
Just wondering if anybody here has flown one of the Katana's. My flight school has them and I myself am checked out in the DV-20 version. If you have flown them what do you think of them? Peace!

RE: Anybody Flown A Katana?

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2001 7:54 am
by Guest
Friends don't let friends fly fiberglass!  Smile
Iain

RE: Anybody Flown A Katana?

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2001 8:03 am
by c172akula
So true. Did you know the Katana cannot fly in 40 degrees celsius or higher, as well as -25 or lower. hehe! All the jokes about Katana's! Too many to remember.

RE: Anybody Flown A Katana?

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2001 8:05 am
by Western727
I have only one hour in a Katana. Yet, in that short space of time, I've mananged to form an opinion. I think that they are decent training airplanes, but I would never buy one. My heart lies with the Cessnas that I was raised in. If I could buy any airplane, it would proabably be a Cessna 185. Don't get me wrong: If I had to choose between flying a Katana and staying on the ground, I'd pick the Katana. I'd also be quite happy in an Archer but I guess that's beside the point. Personally I think that the Katana itself improved dramatically when they put the Continental engines instead of the Rotax. The caster nosewheel is a little weird. Or, at least it was for me being, being used to the steerable Cessna and Piper nosewheels. I remember it feeling a little sketchy during the ground rolls. Other than that, a pretty good airplane.

RE: Anybody Flown A Katana?

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2001 8:08 am
by c172akula
I agree with the nosewheel stuff. Give me a steerable nosewheel every time. When I did my check in the Katana the hardest thing was trying to taxi the bloody thing! And the DV-20's use the Rotax which doesn't start well on cold days, if at all. Our sister school at Springbank has the A1 model and it performs right up there with our C-172 SP. The engine makes a big difference. Have any of you seen the Diamondstar 4 seater? Any thoughts on it? Sure looked nice when it visited our school, and very roomy to sit it, not like the others.

RE: Anybody Flown A Katana?

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2001 8:09 am
by Western727
A good airplane, but I avoid flying them.

RE: Anybody Flown A Katana?

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2001 8:12 am
by Guest
I did know about the heat thing, isn't there a temp gauge on the wing or something.
Iain

RE: Anybody Flown A Katana?

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2001 8:15 am
by c172akula
Yup, there is a sticker mounted inside the a/c on the fuselage by the seats, when it changes to a red color it is to hot to fly. Wings will probably drip or something crazy! Funniest thing I ever saw was a student taxiing out to the holding bay with the blocks still tied to the wings! He was gunning it at full power! An Air Canada flight taxing to the runway told him about it! Boy was his face red! The katana legend lives on!

RE: Anybody Flown A Katana?

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2001 8:27 am
by Guest
I was informed that my cargo door on my 172 was open before. I mate of mine called 2 peoples gear not down when they where on short final in 1 week!
Iain

RE: Anybody Flown A Katana?

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2001 9:29 am
by FLY 8
Diamond Aircraft is an Austrian company! My home country!

I flew a lot of hours on Katanas and Dimonas, and I have to say, that those aircrafts are really nice to fly!
Speacially the Turbo Dimona.
Very good performance!

Compared to Cessnas those aircrafts are really high performance planes.

RE: Anybody Flown A Katana?

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2001 10:01 am
by Western727
Ok, I was trying to be really diplomatic about the Katana. I was trying to refrain from Katana Bashing, but when someone says (or implies) that a Katana is better than a Cessna, that's where I have to draw the line. Katanas suck. End of story. And let's not forget mention the horrendous 'holier than thou' attitude that some Katana drivers have. It's like they think they are better than us just because they have a shiny airplane. Nevermind that we have five times the experience. Ok, ok... I'm sorry. I didn't mean to get off on that little tirade. Katanas aren't bad airplanes. In fact, there are things that I admire about it. For example, the constant speed prop in a training airplane, the modern instrumentation, the new continental engines, the lamanar flow airfoil, the T-tail (always been a sucker for those) It's such a love/hate thing for me. And I admit, that all Katana pilots don't have bad attitudes. It's just that the ones that I knew did, and thus, the stigma lives on. So you'll understand why saying that a Katana is superior to a Cessna sounds blasphemous to me.