A "big-airplane" pilot finds this two-seater easy and fun.
I got a chance to fly the Earthstar Odyssey at Oshkosh on a gorgeous summer afternoon after a hard day of AirVenturing. Conditions were nearly ideal, with great visibility and great scenery.
Mark Beierle talked about features of the Odyssey, which he designed. Because this is a trainer, the plane can be flown from either seat. The control stick is a teeter-totter, so it's obvious who is flying the plane at any given time. The throttle is in the middle, and dual rudder pedals and brakes are fitted. Those pedals are decidedly nonstandard, though, with rudders on the top and brakes on the bottom, exactly the reverse of standard aircraft installations.
Instead of the expected Rotax engine, this Odyssey had an HKS, two-cylinder opposed, four-stroke engine turning a French DUC propeller. The engine installation had the Supertrap exhaust and a huge oil cooler with a thermostat for high-altitude and …