As an Analyst, I spend a lot of time paying attention to outliers in data sets. Outliers are the odd balls that typically sit at one end of the spectrum or the other, separate from the population group. Light sport aircraft (LSA) definitely fits into the outlier category of aviation. This growing segment of ultra-small aircraft provide a restricted, but easy access to the friendly skies for those who may not become full private pilots in larger aircraft.
One of the best LSA aircraft for X-Plane 9 and 10 is the Tecnam P2004 Bravo by TexasRanger. Available for download from the .org file library, this great little aircraft is great to spend a few hours in shooting touch and goes and exploring more detailed scenery that screams for a low and slow experience.
I spent about an hour conducting touch and goes at Santa Barbara Municipal (KSBA) in this tiny bird and have to say that I appreciate the light feel and nimble characteristics. The Italian made competitor to the Cessna 152 trainer, the P2004 does not try to be anything more than basic airborne transportation. Even though it is relatively forgiving to fly, it is easy to over control the aircraft and end up in trouble.
Jumping back into Carenado’s Cessna C172N for a quick trip down to Camarillo, the 172 felt heavy, almost as if I was flying a Cadillac. The Tecnam was surprisingly agile which gives the small-ish 172 a much heavier feel. However, the 172 did feel much more in control when I let go of the controls. Both aircraft are a lot of fun to fly, but I really look forward to spending more time in the Tecnam, especially in X-Plane 10.
Download: < .org Tecnam Bravo P2004 >