"When I first met the others here talking about buying a Brumby, I could hardly believe my ears. It sounded like the ultimate one could wish for - a plane that flew fast, and landed slow, - and it was strong and made of metal, and cost a quarter of the running price of common GA planes!
But, (especially being a female pilot), I wanted to make sure it felt OK, and that I could reach the pedals, and see out etc, so we went to Cowra to check it out, and to my delight, the seat was indeed quite adjustable, and the visibility from the cockpit is excellent. And even better, it stayed in a turn without any extra input, a quality I had only ever seen in a Grumman Tiger before (and marvelled at there). And on top of all that, it is a very smart looking little plane.
Since we have taken delivery of it, we, and most people round the airport, have been amazed by the way it climbs (with the 6-cylinder Jabiru motor).
And I like its stability at low speed also. And of course the far more economical running cost means we can fly much more often. An absolutely great plane! And I am indeed recommending it to all my friends."
Margaret Fisher, Canberra ACT
"I decided to buy a Brumby after extensive looking at other manufacturers I found the other sport aircraft I was looking at and test flying to be a bit flimsy. However after about three years of looking and test flying all types I had the opportunity while flying through Cowra to have a test fly of the prototype Brumby bearing in mind I am 6 foot 5 inches and weigh 120 kilos and with Paul Goard another gorilla. I was very impressed in the way the aircraft handled in the prevailing conditions a good 10 to 12 knots crosswind on landing and the Brumby handled it very well I have found the Brumby to be a very solid and sturdy aircraft and what makes things even better it is all Aussie made and spare parts if required are readily available.
I would recommend anyone interested in flying and contemplating buying a light sport aircraft to go and have a test fly of the Brumby the service you will receive at Cowra is second to none."
John Cooke, Newcastle NSW
"I started flying 95.10 unltralights in 1986. Since then I have graduated to having a CPL and flying a number of types of GA aircraft, up to 6 seater twins. When I flew the Brumby prototype (on a thermally 32 degree day) it reminded me of flying a Grumman Tiger in the way it held the turns without all sorts of pedalling and stick movements.
The delivered version exceeded my expectations. It has power to spare (Jabiru 3300 version) and enjoys a great speed range, permitting fast cruise and slow short landings. I was amused when, after our first few circuits at
Canberra, the ground controller asked, as we taxied off "mind if I ask what one of those costs".
It is a roomy aircraft with well designed seating, and the people I have taken flying in the Brumby all comment on the marvellous visibility."
Les Sullivan, Canberra ACT
"When we initially looked at our own aircraft we were based in Mount Isa so it had to have range, speed, and comfort and would need to be parked outside.
I had looked at most of the light stuff that was around including GA and happened to pass thru Cowra on a trip, turned up at the factory unannounced and a couple of hours later had a test flight, shook hands on the deal when we landed !!! Apart from fitting our requirements it was great to fly as well.
The aircraft has lived up to its promise for us and the service out of the factory has been excellent, the team are always ready to do that bit extra.
The most outstanding recommendation for the aircraft is the fact that my wife, an unwilling and not very comfortable flyer at the start is now learning to fly the Brumby!!! "
Tony Ross, Cowra NSW
"I had mentally bought the Brumby about 20 seconds after taking over the controls. It had a beautiful feel to it. The best way I could describe it was that it felt perfectly balanced in flight. I did not have to think about flying the plane, it just felt intuitive. Also, coming from mostly spending time on Cessna 172s and Piper Warriors, it felt like a "real" plane. I had tried other ultra light aircraft, but I did not feel comfortable with either the twitchiness in some aircraft or the lack of power in others. The Brumby got the balance right.
Since our syndicate has taken delivery of the Brumby, I am very happy with the purchase and am getting back into the pleasure of being able to fly on a regular basis. The running costs are about half what I would be paying to hire an aircraft and the obvious advantages in availability, make owning a part of a Brumby worth my investment.
I still find it a pleasure to fly and continue to be taken with the feel of the aircraft each time I fly."
Michael Fileman, Canberra ACT
"The plane is much admired, "very pretty little plane" someone said today.
That the plane is attractive to look at is only one reason that I decided to buy the Brumby. More importantly I enjoyed my test flight, the plane is Australian built, and I can access help easily if there are any teething problems. The specs were impressive. For me personally, I like the roomy cabin (I'm a bit short and plump), the canopy provides good vision and the low wings make it easy for a short person to refuel. Now that I am flying every day, I am really enjoying the little plane."
Dr Anna Ostberg, Chapman ACT