That was a great article on used American Champion Decathlons and Citabrias in the June 2016 issue of Aviation Consumer. There is one clarification related to aerobatics.
The Decathlon is approved for +6 and -5 G maneuvers, which is the same as a Pitts. The restriction is no tail slides and no tumbling maneuvers. For those who must, the permitted -5 G aerobatics makes an outside loop or even an English blunt and inverted spin fair game.
When I bought my new Super Decathlon last year, a friend bought a new Xtreme Decathlon. He tumbled it and had some warranty issues with it popping inspection plates. I flew the Xtreme a few times and prefer the Super. The Xtreme is louder and the stick forces are heavier.
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|Author:||Henry, Brian; Stevens, Burt|
|Publication:||The Aviation Consumer|
|Article Type:||Letter to the editor|
|Date:||Jul 1, 2016|
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