Pilot Journal
Thursday, September 1, 2005

Sept-Oct 2005 On The Radar


on the radarIt’s always a bit mind-boggling when Cessna finds ways to improve the most popular line of jets in the world, but once again, that’s exactly what it has done. A new and improved Model 525 Citation CJ1+ has earned FAA certification and is headed to a runway near you before the year’s end.
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Top Cub Ranger
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Sting Sport
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BLR Aerospace's winglet and performance kit on a Beechcraft King Air B200

Top Cub
Cub Crafters, the re-creators of the original Piper Cub, is celebrating its 25th year in business with the introduction of the new Top Cub. The two-seat taildragger is certified to FAR 23 specs. A Lycoming 180 is up front, with a healthy cargo section in the back. It’s available in three configurations: Ranger, Legend and Amphib. Contact Cub Crafters at (509) 248-9491 or click on www.cub crafters.com.

More Ready-To-Fly LSAs
The Evektor SportStar and Flight Design CT were given the special light sport aircraft (S-LSA) nod at this year’s Sun ’n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla., and the list of FAA-approved light sport aircraft (LSA) just keeps growing. IndUS Aviation’s Jabiru 3300-powered Thorpedo T211, an evolution of the design by the legendary John Thorp, has been given the official go-ahead. IndUS also is planning to release a smaller 85 hp, four-cylinder S-LSA follow-on called the T11 Sky Skooter in the future. For more info, call IndUS Aviation at (214) 337-6387 or log on to www.indusav.com.

Also joining the pack is the new StingSport, manufactured by Czech Republic-based TL Ultralight, sro. This carbon-composite S-LSA has an internally mounted ballistic parachute aircraft recovery system and removable wings for easy transport and storage. Contact TL Ultralight’s North American distributor SportairUSA, LC at (866) FLY-STING or log on to www.sportair-usa.com.

Other new opportunities include two entries from Spectrum Aircraft (www.spectrum aircraft.com), the Aeroprakt A-20 Vista Cruiser and A-22 Varlet. Filling out the list is the Nexaer LS1 (www.sportsplanes.com), and Cub Crafters’ Sport Cub (www.cubcrafters.com). To see a complete listing of all S-LSA-certified aircraft, log on to the EAA’s Sport Pilot Website at www.sportpilot.org.

BLR Launches Another Winner
BLR Aerospace is putting the finishing touches on a winglet and performance kit for the Beechcraft King Air B200. The winglets lower the actual Vmc for larger safety margins on takeoff and lower lift speeds during short-field operations. Additionally, the modification improves high-altitude stability and increases cruise efficiency. The company already is offering performance-enhancing winglets for the Beechcraft Duke (see the article “301 Knots!” in the July/August 2005 issue). For more, contact BLR at (800) 257-4847 or visit www.blrvgs.com.




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IndUS Aviation Thorpedo T211





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