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STOL Mods Reviews
This are my personal reviews of the STOL mods I have made to my airplane which I have been flying for more than 1000 hrs.
Feel free to call me or write me an e mail if you want to have more information or want to buy any of these mods to your plane.
I can say it was the biggest improvement to the airplane.
I had the Horton STOL with flap gap seals and VGs , it had good control at slow speeds most likely thanks to the VGs, at 60 mph approaches it felt like sinking from under you.
Replaced the Horton with a Sportman, removed the stall fences and flap gap seals, added the VGs on top.
Another airplane, I could do 50 mph approaches no problem the very first day I tested it, very stable, very good control at slow speeds, no more running out of elevator when coming real slow for landings.
After a few years I can do 45mph approach speeds when the airplane is light and there is no wind.
I could not land at many of the places I land if it was not for the Sportsman STOL.
Added safety with a power off stall speed of 40mph, much shorter take offs and landings, better glide, and a lot more fun to fly.
Its an awesome improvement to the airplane.
Loose 16 pounds on the nose in case of the Hartzell Prop I replaced.
In a Cessna 182 it’s loosing this amount of weight does make a difference in the elevator forces Because of its light weight there is a quicker throttle response, great for windy landings, backcountry operations, short fields.
Its larger and wider and it works as an airbrake when at full pitch and no power, which helps for steep approaches Better climb, quieter.
Durability, contrary of what many pilots think, its is very durable, I have had mine for more than 1,000hrs operating in the backcountry and its still in pretty good shape.
Micro Aero Vortex Generators
Another great mod.
In case of the Cessna 182, when coming very slow to land usually you ran out of elevator and sunk into the runway, VGs do help having more elevator authority.
Also roll response is improved at slow speeds, giving you more instant response and no mushy controls.
I heard many pilots say that their VGs didn’t do anything for their airplane, I say you didn’t fly it slow enough to feel the difference it makes, go slow it down and you will be surprised.
Also reduces the stall speed, making it safer , and allowing slower approach speeds.
Alpha systems AoA indicator
You dont need it, but once you have it you never want to fly without it.
After you have one, looking at the airspeed for landing will feel old fashion.
You can get all the performance out of your airplane in a safe way, no calculations or guessing.
No sinking, no floating, no guessing Vx Vy Vg.
Not only for landing, also for manuvering, all around its an added safety.
BAS inertia reel seatbelts
This was the first mod I did to my airplane, a good seatbelt can make the difference in a bad outcome, so wanted the best, installed the BAS inertia reel and have been very happy with it, it lets you move freely and provides the added safety.
This is the first thing I miss when I fly in another airplane that doesnt have this kind of seatbelt, the comfort and the added safety.
For me this is a must and the first mod to do.
Cleveland Wheel and brakes
For the backcountry the added braking power and reliability of the Cleveland brake and wheel kit its also a must.
CiES fuel senders with Aerospace Logic gauges.
This is a huge upgrade for my flying, finally I have gauges I can trust, now it show exactly how much fuel I have in my fuel tanks, this senders are new technology and they are reliable and accurate.
I was always surprised at how inaccurate were the fuel gauges in most GA airplanes, I had the visual measurment with the stick and the fuel totalizer, it worked, but still the gauges always read whatever they wanted to read.
The CiES senders uses magnetic field technology vs the old resistive technology of old senders, also they are a direct replacement of the old Cessna senders in my 182, install was easy and quick.
It gives me a peace of mind that I never had before with the Cessna gauges.
Many times I fly with low fuel to keep the weight down to land in gravel bars or short strips, before I was relying in the fuel totalizer, now the gauges tell me exactly how much fuel each tank has, also good to adjust the vent tube accordingly so both tanks use the fuel more balanced, instead of one a lot more than the other.
I just wish I have done this before.
The Aerospacelogic guages are the perfect complement, very accurate and easy to calibrate, you can also program a yellow and a red color to the amount of fuel so those are your personal reserves, also can put a low fuel warning light and program it with the amount of fuel you think is more appropiate to your kind of flying.
This highly recommend this upgrade to all pilots who fly legacy airplanes.