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    New to the Musketeer Family.

    Hello everyone.
    I am an Active Duty Service member, and Just purchased my first
    Airplane. I've been flying for about 15 years now. I was in the
    maarket for month's and finally decided on the Musketeer, even though
    I've always flown Cessna's 150-320's. I am currently in Germany but am
    comming stateside in July to pick up my Bird, Its a 64 A23. I have
    read about landings being more difficult than most other general
    avaiation aircraft. Is there alot of truth to this. What have you all
    noticed from your personal experiances with these aircraft. Pro's and
    Con's from the actual ppl who are flying them right now would be
    great. Also if any of you are around the San Diego CA area let me know
    thats where i'm gonna pick it up while I'm on R&R leave.

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    I have flown Cessna's, pipers, sundowners, and own a Sierra. I have not had much difficulty finding parts, and although initially maintenance was a little high, everything seems to have settled down. Although these planes are knocked for not being very fast, they are comfortable, easy to fly, forgiving, and easy to land. I have found that correctly trimmed out, and stabilized before beginning my approach, controlling descent with the throttle and not trim, landing is easy. Join the BAC, the best investment I have ever made.

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    New to the Musketeer Family.

    Congratulations, I've owned mine for over a year now, and the more I
    fly it, the more I like it. I find that my landings are easier using
    a touch of power to keep the tail alive, and not flaring, but flying
    it onto the runway in a fairly flat yet nose high angle to ensure the
    mains touch first. These are nose heavy planes and you don't want to
    let the nose start bouncing. If you aren't a member already, you
    might consider joining the Beech Aero Club, a type club for our
    family of planes. Its www.beechaeroclub.org . I've found it useful,
    especially at annual time. They also have lots of archived forum
    discussions on flying technique. Have fun with your new bird, and
    thankyou for your service.

    Joe


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    As an owner, you cannot make a better investment than to join BAC. The information available there and the member support is astonishing.
    As for landings, it is not harder than anything else (could be that it is a whole lot easier), just a bit different. Read the info on the site about it, experiment with what suits you, and enjoy.
    Good luck.

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    I bought my Sundowner in March of this year, and have flown it an average of several hours a week. I've refined my landings to the point that I'm noy embarrassed to take someone for a ride, but they are far from perfect.

    I have tried to pay close attention to the advise from other BAC members, and it has helped. I assume that with more practice, I will eventually be able to kiss them in like I used to in the Cessnas.

    I love the room and visibility.

    Dave

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    Just get over the idea that you stall it on and everything's great. The stabilator lets go before stall speed and you can bounce the nose nicely if you stall it on. I experimented with ours until I found the best approach and landing speeds. With speed control comes a MUCH better likelihood of kissing it on.

    Also, vortex generators make a big difference when landing. This is the one mod that I would NEVER consider removing from our plane. The whole tail is MUCH more effective at landing speeds. Crosswind control is better and the stabilator stays effective to stall speed. You can literally fly all phases of the approach about 5 MPH slower.

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