Initial Flight Review Airborne new M3-Sport trike with XRS wing

Published by: Paul Hamilton on 11th Apr 2017 | View all blogs by Paul Hamilton

 

Just had my first test flight on the new Airborne M3-Sport trike with XRS wing. It was everything I expected. Note this has just myself (140 pounds) and one flight so these are my first impressions.

 

Nice improvements. What stuck out most has how straight it tracked. We would expect this with the huge wheel stabilizer area plus the winglets providing significant vertical stabilizer/rudder. Because of this, there is very little adverse yaw in the turns. No uncomfortable/odd slipping hard/scary to get out of turns. This lack of adverse yaw appeared to slow down the turn response slightly but the turn pressure is similar to the other high performance Airborne wings and maybe better.

 

With the minimum twist wing design, it performs surprisingly well with the 80 HP 912. Quite the glide for landing round out.

 

Again with just me, I could push the bar all the way to the front strut and it would not stall. When I brought it up quickly into a mild whip stall, the whole wing broke lift and pitched down quickly. Yahoooooo. When it stalls it stalls. No roll to either side and a clean straight break. We would expect this for a low twist high performance wing.

 

The trim system is about as effective as the other Airborne wings. Not a huge speed difference but I did not crank it to tight until I review this system better. From the factory trim was full throttle 75 MPH and glide at 65 MPH. Slightly faster than I like but I need to fly double with extra weight before I move the trim position on the keel.

 

What I really liked and thought was a big improvement was the offset engine angles providing minimum torque AND P factor effect throughout the engine and speed ranges. That high speed/full throttle irritating right turn of the older models drove me crazy. The combination of the engine offset with the vertical stabilizer area solves this problem.

 

Overall I think it is a winner and a great improvement. Make no mistake, this XRS is a high performance wing. You can get a lower performance wing on the updated/upgraded M3-Sport undercarriage and these should be options also.

 

This is a great option for the top of the line mid range priced trikes.

 

I will have this here for a while for demos as I train Warren the owner. Call me 775:772-8232 or e mail paul@SportAviationCenter.com  if you want more details for pricing and availability. 

 

Comments

6 Comments

  • Charles Moore
    by Charles Moore 1 month ago
    Paul, other than the seat adjustment, has Airborne done anything to make it more accessible for shorter pilots? I'm about 5'8" on a good day and I had issues getting full throw of the throttle pedal on mt XT-912.
  • Paul Hamilton
    by Paul Hamilton 1 month ago
    Charles,
    No pedal adjustment. I am 5'6' and with the cushion it came with I had no problem getting full throttle. The owner Warren is 6'2" and he will be in the front tomorrow without the cushion and he feels comfortable sitting in it.
  • Paul Hamilton
    by Paul Hamilton 1 month ago
    Finally was able to upload pictures of the new Airborne M3-Sport Initial flight review
  • white eagle
    by white eagle 1 month ago
    Paul thanks for the review and very glad its a good one airborne is a great company. warren I think will be a very happy pilot
  • Paul Hamilton
    by Paul Hamilton 1 month ago
    I have about 6 hours in the back seat in this new Airborne M2-Sport with new XRS wing with the owner Warren at the stage of landings. Have been through all the maneuvers including spirals, stalls and now landings. The stall is not quite as abrupt as I first experienced by my self. The more I fly it the more I like it. Great improvement in every aspect from the older/classic version. We have about 4 weeks before Warren takes it to San Diego so if you want to demo it ---- sooner rather than later. This XRS is an Airborne topless I would recommend.

    Yes Warren is very happy.
  • Joe Hockman
    by Joe Hockman 1 month ago
    Paul, thanks for sharing your perspectives and experiences on the M3-Sport with XRS wing. If I was out in your part of the country, I would consider dropping by for a demo flight. I have been very interested in what Airborne has come up with in their new offering. What you have shared has been very helpful and has mostly confirmed what I suspected.
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