Pilot Journal
Saturday, July 1, 2006

July-Aug 2006 On The Radar

on the radarThe latest sales figures from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association are sizzling! First quarter 2006 billings, which include pistons, turboprops and business jets, came in at $4 billion—the biggest first quarter in history. This year’s sales were up a healthy 37.9% over the same period last year and early indications are that the trend will continue." />

By Land And By Sea
The futuristic Seawind amphib is rounding the corner toward certification, which may arrive as early as fall 2006. The aircraft, a FAR 23 certified variation of the successful Seawind 300C kit plane, has generated a great deal of interest—delivery positions for new customers are pushed out toward the end of 2007. Follow the action at www.seawind.net.

Light Sport Still Popping
The expanding number of small light sport aircraft (LSA) continues to get bigger. The Czech-manufactured Skylark, Europe’s newest entry, has been turning heads in the United States. “We anticipated an enthusiastic response,” Sportsplanes.com CEO Josh Foss said, referring to four completed sales and several pending sales, “but this goes beyond anything we envisioned. Most of the sales so far have occurred without a demo flight.”

The two-seater is all metal and has a sliding bubble canopy. Touted as being more rugged than other LSA, the Skylark is powered by a 100 hp Rotax 912 and can withstand up to 7 G’s. It cruises at 138 mph, stalls at 42 mph and climbs at 1,200 fpm. At 75% power with a 45-minute reserve, range is 525 miles. The aircraft takes off in a mere 500 feet and lands in 530 feet.

Sportsplanes.com intends to tour the Skylark across the country to various fly-ins and small airports. Several models will be at AirVenture Oshkosh, available for purchase. To learn more, visit www.sportsplanes.com or call (801) 420-6176.

American Legend Aircraft Company recently introduced the new Legend Cub Special, a variant of the company’s wildly popular two-place Piper Cub replicant LSA. Noticeably different is the paint scheme, now a two-color fuselage with yellow and orange. A closer look reveals a special leather interior, pilot-adjustable air vents, an interior light and a Nav/Com avionics package. Instrumentation includes a panel-mounted Garmin 396 and a PS Engineering intercom. Options include an upgrade to the new Dynon FlightDEK-D180 EFIS with a seven-inch diagonal display. Find details about the new Cub at www.legend.aero.

No Waiting
Many pilots are eyeing jet ownership options that don’t require a waiting period. Sierra Industries is offering the Sierra Stallion, a modified Cessna Citation. The company refits Citation 500 and 501SPs with Williams FJ44-2A electronically controlled turbines—test flights are imminent.

The Uvalde, Texas-based company claims the Stallion will see a 5,000 fpm rate of climb, 380-knot cruise speed, a 43,000-foot ceiling and a 1,400 nm range. Sierra also produces the FJ44-powered Eagle II, which requires a wing mod. The Stallion maintains the same Citation wing. For more, visit the Website, www.sijet.com.


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