The attitude was indeed quite skyward, the nose was pitched up so there would be little value of the pitot indicator. I fly to this airport often and know the markers and distances on the paved runway. The aircraft was flying above the runway and cleared just barely 50m in five seconds. The wind was calm on the ground. One meter per second is 3.6 kilometer per hour, ten meters per second is 36km/h. Since it roughly managed to clear 50m in five seconds with wind calm, it appeared to fly slightly less than 36km/h. It flew at about less than 300ft AGL so there might have been some wind above ground where the anemometer recorded zero direction and speed, but not much. I have to admit the pilot was very capable, cause flying so low and so slow is really impressive with such a fast aircraft. The Flamingo cruises at 260km/h with a 100HP Rotax engine, so demonstration of such slow flight speed seemed impressive. If you know any other aircraft which can fly as slow as 35km/h and as fast as over 300km/h with a 135HP engine, please let me know.hmmmm.... how can you say the speed it was flying? The attitude should be extremely skyward; in this condition the instrument (anemometer) is not reliable enough.
Anyway I saw a lighter aircraft (ICP Bingo), 503 Rotax powered (50 hp),slots, full throttle (obviously...), flying in a skyward attitude, the anemometer showing something near the zero.(*)
The Bingo came from the Savannah: was a lighter, simpler Savannah; the weight decreased (about 245 kg. flyable); a really good slow flyer (max cruise speed about 110 km/h), funny and really, really safe. No bad habits.
As I said it could achieve the same performances, using 50 hp.(instead of 135) and having a simple, conventional riveted frame.
(*) I have been flying it several dozens hours.
This following video is of last year's Varazdin Air Show, and the indication EDA 100 used to mean the engine was a 100HP Rotax. However, this year the Flamingo was announced as having a 135HP engine.
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