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Hold a tail-low attitude as the airplane
lunges forward and the NG is airborne at
80 KIAS and accelerating like a quarter
horse. Elevator forces are light and authoritative so the pilot must consciously resist
overcontrolling in pitch. I set a 15-degree
pitch attitude for the initial climb, but
that's way too flat for Vayda.
"Pitch up and see what [pitch attitude]
it takes to hold 80 knots," he said.
I'm already blowing through 110 knots,
so I double the pitch attitude to 30 degrees
and we're still at 95 knots and climbing
3,000 feet per minute going through pattern altitude.
A power reduction to 25 manifold
inches and 2,500 rpm reduces ambient
noise and the cockpit gets remarkably
quiet. The controls feel responsive but not
twitchy. The smooth engine/prop combination, physical comfort, and excellent
visibility create the impression the NG is
somehow bigger than its actual size. The
NG exudes quality, capability, and precision that inspire confidence. We level off
at 4,500 feet and I let the airplane accelerate to 165 KIAS at 25 manifold inches.
Vayda said he flies the NG crosscountry at 190 KTAS at 8,500 feet while
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My control inputs
during takeoff, climb,
steep turns, and
initial aerobatic
maneuvers had
been relatively mild.
Decisively applying
full aileron deflection
had triggered
the NG's
beast mode.
the engine consumes 18 gallons of avgas
per hour. Top speed in level flight is 194
KTAS-a big number considering the
inherently draggy symmetrical airfoil.
We explore a series of looping, rolling, and spinning maneuvers and the NG
reveals itself to possess both stunning performance and an honest, eager-to-please
temperament. It's all Dr. Jekyll and no Mr.
Hyde. The letters NG might as well stand
for Nice Guy.

Stalls are benign with instant recovery
as soon as angle of attack is reduced. Spins
are crisp at both entry and exit, and the
pilot must hold full pro-spin inputs or the
airplane will recover on its own. Vertical
maneuvers net 1,500 feet of altitude gain
when entered at moderate speeds and 75
percent power-and upwards of 2,000 feet
at high speed and full power.
The NG has so much thrust and so little
weight and drag that it gains altitude and
speed during aerobatic maneuvers that are
usually altitude and energy losers.
Approach and landing can be stressful
in some aerobatic aircraft because of their
inherent instability, light control pressures,
lack of flaps, and poor forward visibility.
The NG is remarkably steady in the landing pattern, but its big prop disk and the
quick response of its Lycoming engine
make it accelerate and decelerate dramatically with relatively small power changes.
Pilots are accustomed to managing speed
and descent rate with combined pitch and
power-but the NG's abundance of power
skews that relationship and makes power
paramount.
My curving approach to the 3,400-footlong, 75-foot-wide runway at the Beaufort



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