I was quite surprised, it looks quite sporty, and you can bomb along at 180 knots…I wouldn’t call it sluggish but it generally feels heavy and has a bit of heft. It’s the most solid-feeling GA plane I’ve flown so far (Mooney, C182, Piaggio) and I really appreciate that as it has a distinct feel.
There are some bugs. The most jarring is sometimes your guys appear outside the cockpit in flight, sitting on the wings 😆. And I don’t know if it’s a bug but turning on the AP immediately trims out the plane and holds altitude, without pressing the Alt button. Might be me.
The default view kind of feels like you’re pressed up against the dash and is a little oppressive (not great forward view, great view out the side windows), and also the yoke obscures the AP buttons, so I use the mouse wheel to roll back to a wider view.
It’s kind of a cheap and cheerful version of the Mooney in functionality, with the distinctive dash being a bonus. I like it so far, I could see it being my go to plane for a while.
Taking it up to Canada. I’m thinking all that short hopping with few pax will allow me to get to know these planes a bit better.
Oh! Using time acceleration while in interior view definitely resulted in a loss of frame rate and made things ever so slightly stuttery on my pc, so that might be a dealbreaker for folks.
Edit: hmmm, I guess the Bonanza would be the thing to compare it to, but the bonanza feels so lightweight compared to this that I didn’t make the connection at all.