As the various fleets of GA trainers continue to age, more questions than answers seem to arise about the future direction of the category of aircraft. Fortunately, one aircraft is offering a viable solution and best of all, its home grown!!
The Brumby is not only a standout example of an Australian venture doing a tremendous job, it is a very good aeroplane. It is equally suited to the LSA pilot, the dedicated flying school, or the retiree who wants to see Australia from the air. Its performance envelope makes all of these tasks possible and its design allows them to be done in safety and in comfort.
The Brumby’s canopy slides forward to allow easy access. The cockpit is wide and by virtue of a centre console housing a trim wheel and fuel selector, both occupants have a degree of space not afforded in the shoulder-rubbing C152.
The engine start and taxi is straightforward. The direct steering nose wheel and short span make maneuvering in the apron area simple. Advancing the throttle, the lightweight Brumby accelerates rapidly and feels ready for flight after only about 200m.
The controls are well harmonised and the rate of roll is well proportioned to the control stick input. The aircraft will teach the student to fly an attitude and trim the aircraft very early on in the process and prepare them well for more advanced trainers.