BUILD IT ACCORDING TO THE PLANS
are building a Baby Lakes build it according to the plans.
Don't make it an IFR airplane. It is not meant to be that.
Build it light! That is the secret of a nice fun flying
airplane. The original weighted 485 lbs empty.
GET CHECKED OUT PROPERLY BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO FLY YOUR BABY LAKES
To fly a Baby
Great lakes remember to get checked out first in a
taildragger, like a Luscumbe or Citabria.
Lakes is quick and
sinks pretty good with power off. The plane wants to
fly on take
off before it is ready because the wings are close to the ground.
So you need to take this into account when flying it.
PROPER LANDING GEAR
Because the Baby Lakes is short coupled it is
quick. So you may want to
build it with a locked
tailwheel (click to see picture)
. Also check the
landing gear to make sure that they are set with a little toe out (2
degrees is nice),
NOT toe in (like some cars are).
Some planes get a reputation for being hard to land and take off, all
because the landing gear alignment is not set correctly.
CHECK THE WEIGHT AND BALANCE
Your Baby Lakes should have proper
weight and balance to fly correctly and safely.
see a file and print out about
If you are buying a Baby Lakes someone else built, DO NOT ASSUME that
the weight and balance is correct with you in it. Calculate a
weight and balance with you in it before you fly it and make sure it is
here for Harvey Swack's Column Dec 2006