Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Gosh, It’s A Gobosh

With a name derived from the phrase, “Go big or stay home,” the Polish Gobosh is an LSA with attitude

goboshIf there was ever any question regarding the viability of the LSA market, Cirrus and Cessna pretty much erased those concerns with announcements of their own LSAs at AirVenture 2007. Both companies obviously hope to lure new pilots to their step-up models.
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goboshLike many of the LSA manufacturers, Gobosh is hoping to position its airplane as a contender for the training dollar. The airplane flies so well, maneuvers so easily and is so simple to operate that it may be a sure winner on the training market, providing Gobosh succeeds in differentiating its model from what’s becoming a crowded class.

There are many LSAs vying for attention on the marketplace, some built here in the States, and many more imported from overseas. LSAs have only been approved for 2½ years, so that represents major competition. There’s little question that many of those 60 models will fall by the wayside in the near future.

The Gobosh comes in three flavors. At $106,950, the entry-level Sport is a basic day/VFR version with a Garmin 296 GPSMAP, 327 transponder and PS Engineering PM-3000 Stereo Intercom. The middle model is the Elite—day/night /VFR legal and fitted with a Garmin 396 GPSMAP, 327 transponder and SL40 com plus the PM intercom—at $116,850. Finally, the top-of-the-line Elite Plus G700S ($123,900) sports the Garmin 496/327/PM-3000, an upgraded SL30 navcom and a pair of Beyerdynamic HS 300 headsets.

That puts the G700S head-to-head with the new Cessna 162 SkyCatcher, still a year down the road from release but already tough psychological competition. For those pilots who embrace low-wing over high-wing, the Gobosh will still command its share of attention, and since nearly all LSAs are right up against the FAA’s performance and weight limits, climb and speed won’t vary much from one model to the next.

Low-wing or high-wing—which would you choose?

SPECS: 2007 Gobosh G700S

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