The updated single brings pilot protection and comfort up to speed
Since its introduction more than 30 years ago, Piper’s PA-46 Malibu has undergone a series of significant performance enhancements, while its cabin, often less noticed, has seen corresponding makeovers of its own.
Perhaps the founder, president and designer-in-residence at Rans, Inc., was simply proud of what he had achieved with the updated Courier, and was accepting the exigencies that come with making airplanes for the certified world.
Rans S-7LS Courier SPECIFICATIONS Crew: One Capacity: One passenger Length: 23 ft. 3 in. (7.09 m) Wingspan: 29 ft .3 in. (8.92 m) Height: 6 ft. 4 in. (1.93 m) Wing Area: 147.1 sq. ft. (13.67 m2) Empty Weight (lbs.): 700 (318 kg) Gross Weight (lbs.): 1,232 (559 kg) Fuel Capacity: 18 US Gallons (68 more »
The former Partenavia line finds a new welcome in the U.S.
Like a rock star of a certain age going back on the arena circuit, rumors of the return of the light twin formerly known as Partenavia—now the Vulcanair—have echoed around the domestic GA world for the better part of a decade.
Proving that good things come to those who wait, ICON Aircraft just announced that they’ve completed their first production aircraft for a customer, with regular aircraft deliveries starting this summer after FAA acceptance.
Not since the 1930s has airplane innovation been impacted as much as it was yesterday when ICON unveiled their hotly anticipated A5 amphibious aircraft to the public through a handful of pilot journalists.