Plane & Pilot
Sunday, June 1, 2008

Sun 'N Fun

After torrential downpours, blue skies, sun and aviation fun took over as the winged season began in Lakeland, Florida. Our prop-happy crew cruised the first day of Sun ’n Fun 2008 to deliver this special report on what’s new and what’s hot in flying.

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Newly certified in the States, the Toxo Sportster (above, right) is the first Spanish-built LSA in America. The all-metal FPNA A22 Valor (above) offers an open cockpit and 360-degree visibility. The Brazilian SeaMax (right) is an LSA amphib with a retractable water rudder and short takeoff and landing distances.
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cessna allegro
expedition Formerly the Columbia 400, the Cessna 400 (above, left) is the second-fastest FAA-certified single-engine piston aircraft in production. The amphib version of the tricycle-gear Allegro LSA (above) offers a spacious cockpit and panoramic views through large Lexan doors. The Expedition 350 (left) should have Canadian certification by the time you read this. Evolved from an earlier Bush Hawk design, the 350 offers carlike four-door/four-seat comfort.
piper lancair evolution
The PiperJet mockup (above, left) offers a sneak peak at an all-metal VLJ that will be one of the largest and most powerful single-engine jets in its class. The Evolution (above, right) is composite pioneer Lancair’s next high-stakes gambit for the high-performance kit-built market.
euro fox diamond
The EuroFox (above, left), now available in the States as a taildragger, has wings that easily fold for storage or transport. Diamond’s brand-new DA50 SuperStar (above, right) offers limo-style comfort (in a 52-inch-wide cabin) for five occupants. Sleek aerodynamics and a 350 hp, turbocharged, FADEC-equipped engine add impressive speed to the equation.


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