CSA Blanik L-23 Pilot Notes
Following are some items and issues CSA Blanik pilots should be aware of in flying this sailplane.
- The swiveling tailwheel on the Blanik needs to be treated nicely to reduce maintenance costs. Here are some guidelines:
- Do not push the Blanik backwards
- When swiveling/rotating the Blanik, reduce the load on the tailwheel. This can be done by lifting the aft fuselage (it's pretty heavy) or opening the canopy and having someone sit in, or on the sidrail, of the cockpit. Do not push down on the nose-cone as it can be dented.
- It is very important to not land tail first.
- Use care with the wheel brake. When properly adjusted you can easily put the Blanik "on its nose". There really is not any kind of nose skid structure which will handle bumps under the nose.