I acquired a Laser 200 a year ago

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum credits the Laser 200 for bringing about a new generation of aerobatic aircraft
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I acquired a Laser 200 a year ago

Post by Saber 25 » 22 Aug 2019 11:39

I completed my RV4 30 years ago and have been in love with that little plane and admired all she could do. Then five years ago I bought a Pitts S1S which required quite a bit of work to make her mine and get her ready for contests. She also won my heart and while in the previous ten years she had only logged four hours, I turned that around with with three hundred hours in five years. With a spot left in my hangar, a low time Laser came to my attention and since I read so much about this iconic model I purchased it. It's a beautifully built aircraft and the workmanship is well above average. But as usual, despite having had a so called shop annual completed before I purchased her, much remained to be rectified and consequently the time flown in the past year was exploratory acro and maintenance test flights.

The final item was changing the locking Haigh to an API steerable. Am I glad I made that change ! While my Pitts has the Haigh and it works well on that short little chasis, the Laser was difficult to "S" turn sufficiently without her wanting to weathervane into the wind with the gear unlocked. Upon completion of the installation, it was too hot to fly with a downslope wind here in our valley but it provided the perfect environment to taxi test the new tailwheel. The transition to taxi before and after was remarkable and my flight test this morning confirmed a successful and satisfying installation.

This Laser has a little over 400 hours on engine and airframe with an AEIO-360 Lyc and brand new WW200. I would post some pictures but have not been able to figure out how it's done on this forum. Perhaps someone can give me progressive taxi instructions.

Cheers, Hans
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Re: I acquired a Laser 200 a year ago

Post by MonoPlaneForum » 25 Aug 2019 10:59

Saber 25 wrote:
23 Aug 2019 00:05


Picture posting test

Cheers, Hans
Sweet ride!

Feel free to upload the pics here. Sometimes when these image hosting sites decide to close or suspend an account, we won't be able to see your beautiful airplane.
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Re: I acquired a Laser 200 a year ago

Post by One Winged Junkie » 25 Aug 2019 17:19

Looks really nice. :ugeek: :ugeek: Welcome to the message board! :ugeek: :ugeek: Do you have any pictures of the inside? Would love to see your seat setup.
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Re: I acquired a Laser 200 a year ago

Post by Saber 25 » 26 Aug 2019 11:52

I will get a picture of the cockpit tomorrow and post. Very minimally equipped instrument panel since I fly it only in VFR conditions. The view outside is outstanding.

Cheers, Hans
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Re: I acquired a Laser 200 a year ago

Post by Saber 25 » 27 Aug 2019 06:49

By jove I think I've got it.
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Re: I acquired a Laser 200 a year ago

Post by Saber 25 » 27 Aug 2019 07:06

With a WW200 prop that has less than 8 hours, this plane gains altitude in the Intermediate despite us having to fly at nose bleed altitudes out here in Colorado. I love my Pitts but the Laser has measurably better performance.

Cheers, Hans
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Re: I acquired a Laser 200 a year ago

Post by One Winged Junkie » 28 Aug 2019 08:38

Hans,

Thanks for the pictures. It seems you are still confused how to post the pictures here so I edited your post and made a quick picture to help you.

1. After you make a new topic, scroll to the bottom of the page and click 'attachments' and then 'add files'. Find the files on your computer and then upload the files. That's it.

Enjoy
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Re: I acquired a Laser 200 a year ago

Post by Saber 25 » 31 Aug 2019 06:16

Thanks "Junkie". I'll post this as a test picture of my RV4. This is at Smiley Creek Idaho camping last month.

Cheers, Hans
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