have to start by saying that I have never had an airframe that has
attracted so much attention as the Laser 200. It seems that every time
I brought the Laser 200 to the field, I was greeted by shall I say more
experienced pilots that knew of the original airframe and were flocking
around the Aeroworks rendition to see how it was built and telling me
stories of the version that they had 20 years ago and many other
stories about the full scale airframe and Leo himself.
also have to apologize to my editor as I kept this airframe longer than
normal before turning in the finished article but this gave me the
opportunity to fly the Laser 200 more than usual. In fact, it has been
my primary airframe for the last few months and I can comfortably say I
have worked out the kinks and understand reasonably well how it flies
and likes to be flown.
that out of the way, I can say that the Laser 200 does not disappoint.
Over the last few months that I have been flying it, it has performed
flawlessly in almost every aspect and under varying weather condition
and flight envelopes that I have thrown at it. Flown as a sport plane,
the Laser 200 presents as a large and powerful airframe that can obey
your command and is fit for purpose in just tearing holes in the sky.
You have to pay special attention to the throws as I found the
documented throws, even the low rates, to be higher and more reactive
than I would like. With the low rates turned down, the Laser 200
becomes a very smooth pattern flier, one that can be used for IMAC or
Sportsman type of flying.
low rates, rolls and snaps were very controllable with no noticeable
corkscrew effects and with the OS33GT up front, the airframe has very
good vertical. Though, I felt that the OS was not making as good power
as some of my other 35CC airframes, but this could be because the
engine is still new.
the rates thrown to high, the Laser 200 can perform any post-stall
maneuver you throw at it with ease though it is not as stable and
forgiving as a comparable Extra or Yak would be. Rolling harriers were
easily performed with relative ease and no major adjustment to overall
timing that I am used to. Hovering and torque rolling did not present
any issues as well though the airframe could benefit from loosing a
touch of weight as built by using lighter components.
I was very pleased with the performance of the Laser 200 but going
forward, I think I will adjust the linkages to get mechanical advantage
towards the lower throw range of their limits so the airframe will
shine in more of a sport to pattern range.