About an hour after the lesson, weather improved and Donato Martino with ussportaircraft.com and Sport Pilot CFI Bryan Woodard, flew up in a PiperSport to take me for a spin. Little did I know I was going to get a lesson! Here I thought I was going to be a passenger for once and was looking forward to it. But I was instructed to climb into the left seat for a lesson with Bryan. I do what I’m told. Turns out it was the same airplane Mac had flown during the Sebring Sport Aviation event. Just sitting in it was already different experience than the P28 I had recently climbed out of. For one, the PiperSport is a stick, two, it had a glass panel. I actually prefer a stick over a yoke because that is what I learned with as a kid, but the panel was “new” to me and my brain had to do a little churning to switch gears. Off we went. After takeoff Bryan let me have the controls — only after briefing me that I had to use very little input on the stick. (This is what Mac points out in the PiperSport feature in the upcoming April issue — available on newsstands at the end of March — and Piper vows to have corrected) and we climbed straight out to 1,500 per ATC before heading north to do a couple touch and goes at Sebastian. He was right. It requires a ginger touch for pitch. Roll not so much. The viz was excellent as expected with the canopy. I love to feel “in the open.” The sun was hiding for a bit so it was comfortable. Getting use to minimal input on the pitch took a little bit and the resulting “rollercoaster” ride lets you know it’s a light aircraft! We did some turns and slow flight beforehand. The load on the turns is basically nothing compared to these maneuvers in a PA-28. When we set up for our first touch and go, Bryan manned the electric flap switch and throttle and we flew in at 60 kts. I couldn’t get a feel for the point of flare like in the PA-28 so it was a bit of a plop. Takeoff was a breeze, almost like playing with a toy…when I asked Bryan for the rotation speed he said “whenever”! A carefree answer, unlike what I would expect in my current training (rotate at 55 kts ma’am!)! Different airplanes, different procedures. We went around one more time before heading back to Vero. And I finally got to ride along as a passenger on the way back. The sun had come out from hiding and it started to warm up a bit in the cockpit, but Bryan took care of that and pulled the overhead shade forward.