Savage Aircraft Sales was at Airventure with their two new entries into the
Lightsport Aircraft category, the Savage and the Savage Cruiser. John
Mohr of Mohr Barnstorming, who is well know for his aerobatic routine
which he performs in his 1943 Steerman bi-plane and is in the process of
buying and building a Savage on amphib floats spent a few minutes with
me to talk about the Savage line of aircraft.
John's also has years of
experience flying Cubs, first learning to fly one at the age of 5 and
soloing in it at 14, a plane he still owns today! This experience gives
him a unique perspective on the Savage, which for all intense and
purposes is a modern day version of the legendary Cub.
John first became involved with the Savage when he was asked by his
friend Keith Hartlaub of Savage Aircraft Sales to do a test flight in
the Savage and give him his opinion of the plane.
John now has over 50 hours of flying the Savage. This is his first
experience with Rotax 912 S, and he is "very impressed with it, it is
very smooth and quiet with a lot of power." "With full fuel, and two
people on board we are climbing out at over 1,000 feet per minute, which
is twice what my old J3 does, or even the Super Cub."
John indicates that at 5,000 rpm the plane cruises along comfortably
at 85 knots (just over 100 MPH). Stall with two on board comes in at 40
knots clean with a 30 knot stall with full flaps.
Fuel consumption according to the fuel flow meter is
3.5 to 4 gallons per hour, giving the plane a comfortable 4 hours of
flying with reserve at 85 knots.
Controls are standard center mounted sticks, dual rudder pedals front
and back and left hand throttles. (The rear stick is removable.) The
flaps and ailerons are push rod operated, while the rudder is operated
by cables. The plane comes standard with one door, but can be equipped
for float operation with two.
In the Savage Cruiser which is the craft John and I did the interview
in the pilot in the front seat has access to a full instrument panel
while the rear seat featured and airspeed and altimeter. Unlike the Cub
the Savage pilot flies solo from the front seat.
John reports that "the Savage has a smoother aileron and elevator
control, than the J-3 Cub, with a faster roll rate, and more rudder
Standard trim is via a lever located on the left hand side of the
cabin, with electric trim available. Trim is via a trim tab located on
The front seat is adjustable and the doors can be opened and closed
The Savage and Savage Cruiser are available both as LSA ready to fly
aircraft or as ELSA. The kit version is quick build, taking about 400
hours to complete, with now welding or manufacturing required by the
For more information contact:
Savage Aircraft Sales, LLC
6609 Northeim Road,
Manitowoc, WI 54220 USA
(920)726-5260 or (866)528-6359