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- Mar 25, 2017
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M61A1, I tested it yesterday. Switzerland from the north end (Basel) to the south end (Lugano) 1h 43 min in the Tecnam P2008 I can rent. That was directly over the mountains. The way back over a lower pass and a little more direct took 1h 37 min. That shows Switzerland is rather small, and you don't need a fast plane to get around this country. East to west is a little longer, but it's not until you go all over Europe that you take time like in your country.By Australian standards that makes the alps "right there".....130km is nothing. some people here have neighbours further away.
I have been flying a Zenith 601HD. It's a low wing taildragger, all metal and a similar wing to the Savannah and 701 but no struts. It has a big bubble canopy with great visibility, but I think lacks the safety of the high wing if you flip it, although that's less likely to flip without nose gear. It's a little faster than the Sav and 701, but max cruise still tops out around 100kts (80 hp) because of the thick wing. It's MTOW is 544kg, with an empty weight of around 300kgso if you are limited to 450 it pretty much becomes a single seater.