Tuesday, February 10, 2009
LIBERTY AEROSPACE “XL2”
|STANDARD DATA: Seats 2. Gross wt. 1,653. Empty wt. 1,065. Fuel capacity 29.5. Engine 125-hp Continental IOF 240-B (FADEC).
PERFORMANCE: Top Cruise 132 kts. Stall 43 kts. Initial climb rate 682 fpm. Range 500 nm. Takeoff roll 822'. Landing roll 841'.
This two-seater was the first aircraft to be certified with FADEC, or Full Authority Digital Engine Control. A single lever combines throttle and mixture allowing a computer to control ignition and fuel injection, as well as other vital engine parameters. The aircraft owes much of its design history to the Europa kit plane, though the metal winged, all-composite fuselage XL2 has evolved considerably, and is now one of the most advanced light general aviation aircraft on the market.