Originally Posted by birdus
How does the Super Baby Great Lakes perform/handle compared to a Pitts?
I don't think I saw this post until now. I have about 15 hours in a Baby Lakes powered by an 80HP Limbach (VW). Performance from a field elevation of 4,232 was nominal until the air temp reached 65F. After that I didn't dare fly it anymore. Climb rate was 200fpm. It was very small, I stuck out the top in the wind. It would lose 300 feet in a snap roll, and you had to dive like crazy to get a loop out of it. I don't have experience in a BL with higher power. I have over 850 hours in Pitts, mostly S-1S, S-2A and S-2B. Nothing flies like a Pitts, and I mean nothing! A Baby Lakes is okay for gentle aerobatics if you are a small person and fit. If a BL was such a great aerobatic airplane I would think they would be flown in contests and airshows, but I've never heard of anyone flying one in either of those disciplines. Good Luck,