Flying the Diamond Katana
At Christmas I flew down to Venice Municipal Airport (VNC) and took a lesson in a 1995 Diamond Katana, which looks like a 21st-century Piper Tomahawk. It has a joystick instead of a yoke and a constant-speed propeller, the first plane I’ve flown with either of those. Flying with the stick was a lot easier adjustment than I had expected. It only took a few minutes to get comfortable with it. That was the first almost-new plane I’ve flown.