Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Sweet Harmonizin’

Raising the bar on a history of quality, performance, handling and comfort

One of the very first LSA I flew was the Evektor SportStar, an all-metal, low-wing monoplane with a cute bubbly profile and a stable, confidence-inspiring, long-distance-comfortable, easy-to-fly flight personality.

In the years since, I've had the pleasure to fly another 30 or so LSA, so my perspective is broadening. Even so, it was as clear back then as it is now what well-constructed, solid-flying airplanes Evektor, the 40-year Czech aviation company, produces.

Harmony, the latest model in the company's ASTM-approved S-LSA flagships, is the next evolution of its SportStar forebears. As such, it represents—from the company that, lest we forget, was the first to ASTM-certify an S-LSA in America—another step forward in top-line, rugged, stable flyers.

A Matter Of Pedigree
Evektor's designers and engineers refuse to rest on their feathery laurels. By laurels, I mean the more than 1,000 light aircraft they've delivered to 40 countries.

Evektor encourages customer and dealer feedback, and puts it to good use. The result in Harmony is better all-around performance and handling, more rugged gear and more cockpit room, and lots of other tweaks to the overall quality the line has enjoyed since inception.

The all-metal construction incorporates bonded as well as traditionally riveted parts. Nonstructural composite parts add to the sensuous, playful lines—and bring weight savings, too.

Art Tarola, owner and operator of Evektor dealer AB Flight, loves the training chops of the Harmony, as well. He ought to know: He has given more than 2,500 hours of flight instruction in SportStar variations alone, and has seen firsthand how well the aircraft endures the slings and arrows student airplanes are heir to.

After our lovely demo, motoring around through balmy morning air above the lush prefall greenery near Hudson, N.Y., we talked about the new stuff.

"In the Harmony's cockpit, taller pilots have more leg room," said Tarola. "The fuselage is four inches longer now, which moved the firewall and panel forward. There's more room under the redesigned panel, too." The panel has gotten a cosmetic makeover, as well.

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