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Tuesday, November 1, 2005

American Champion High Country Explorer

The newly certified, go-anywhere two-seater

american championBy the time you read this, I will have completed a two-week vacation trip circumnavigating most of Alaska and some of Western Siberia with an Indiana dentist, Dr. Bill Grider. (Hey, it’s a tough job, but...) Alaska is my kind of place, and despite a dozen trips around the state, I’m always eager to return.

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In-flight maneuverability falls somewhere between that of the Citabria and Decathlon. If you’re inclined to try some acro, the High Country Explorer is more than willing, and it’s approved for most of the standard inside maneuvers, except snap rolls.

You don’t need to fly vertical or inverted tricks to appreciate the airplane’s easy handling, however. In the traffic pattern, you can fly approaches as slow as 50 knots if there’s a need without any of that verge-of-destruction feeling. Full-flap stall speed is only 40 knots, partially a function of the airplane’s Micro Aerodynamics Vortex generators, and stall characteristics are so benign that you would have to be asleep not to notice them.

With a low no-fly velocity, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it can plunk onto the runway and grind to a stop in less than 400 feet. The improved 7GCBC is one machine that can take off and land in about the same distance.

The base price is $114,900, but that doesn’t include everything. Add IFR provisions, appropriate radios, an intercom and an engine analyzer, and you’ll be approaching $130,000. Remember, the High Country Explorer is an airplane dedicated to the premise that getting there is half the fun, especially when you throw in a loop along the way.

For more information, contact ACAC at (262) 534-6315 or log on to www.amerchampionaircraft.com.

SPECS: 2005 American Champion High Country

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