At Sun ‘n Fun 2018, Aviat unveiled a number of substantial improvements to the Husky design.
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Aviat’s new Husky and the Northern Idaho backcountry make a perfect pair
The early morning sunlight glinting off the crystal waters of Lake Pend Oreille (roughly pronounced “pond-o-ray”) and reflecting back off our Husky’s bright-yellow wing is too much for even my military-spec sunglasses to handle.
The lights of Lakeland, Fla., sparkle a thousand feet below, a pointillist painting on a black canvas. Yet despite the darkness, I can clearly distinguish open fields, forested tracts, clumps of trees, a couple of large ungulates—either horses or cows—even a narrow, sandy beach on a lake that should be invisible. All I have to do is glance at the small monitor sitting on the glare shield of the Aviat Husky A-IC.
The first flight in a new airplane is exciting, even when it’s an old friend with a bigger engine. I had flown Huskies many times, but never the new 200 hp Aviat Husky A-1B-200, and as I started to throttle up, I was watching the edge of the runway for any indication that the airplane was trying to turn; it wasn’t. Also, I had a plan: I was going to do a standard Husky three-point, short-field takeoff rather than lifting the tail in the normal manner. What’s the fun in flying an airplane with a big motor if you’re not going to go for the gusto?