Sun N Fun News: Epic Announces Big Plans, Introduces Two New...

In addition to its Epic LT kit turboprop and the under-development certified version of the airplane called the Dynasty, Epic will launch two new programs this year, a single-engine turboprop kit called the Escape and a single-turbine called the Victory. Although Epic will be opening a research and development center in Canada, kit production will remain at the company's Bend, Oregon, facility, which is now undergoing the addition of 10,000 square feet. The escape, which…

Sun N Fun News: Comp Airs New Monster, the 12

After the press conference today at Sun N Fun, Comp Air president Ron Lueck told journalists that a gentleman with a distinct Swiss accent had looked at the Comp Air 12 at the company's outdoor display and said, simply, You cant do that. It doesn't take much imagination to assume the man was thinking of the Pilatus PC-12 and the possible confusion with the massive composite from Merritt Island, Florida. Lueck chuckled at the…

Sun N Fun News: Lycoming Updates on Future Projects

Tuesday at Sun N Fun, Lycoming's Senior Vice President and General Manager, Ian Walsh, announced a continuation of the company's revitalization begun in 2004. Current projects for Experimentals include the Thunderbolt line, which is undergoing refinement and expansion of the options and a big push forward with the IO-580 powerplant. In addition, Walsh announced that Lycoming has received funding from parent company Textron ...

Reno Air Race Rules Revised

On February 5, the Reno Air Racing Association approved new rules for the kit-based Sport class to be implemented this September. The changes open a new top class, to be called Super Sport, that should bring greater speeds to this popular division. According to RARA, the new class "...expands the opportunities at the front of the …

Five Thousand Confirmed!

On February 14, 2007, Vans Aircraft, Inc. received a nice Valentines Day present when they learned that the FIVE THOUSANDTH RV aircraft had taken to the sky. RV-8 builder Steve Fromhals, of San Antonio, Texas, submitted the 5000th first flight report. Later the same day, another report was received, bringing the total to 5001. …

Direct-To Avionics Closes Its Doors, Strands Builders

Direct-To Avionics ceased operations as of late December, 2006, leaving potentially dozens of kitbuilders without equipment or immediate support for Experimental versions of the Chelton EFIS. Chelton sold Experimental versions of its EFIS systems exclusively through Direct-To. Despite repeated requests for comments from Direct-To, we have no more direct confirmation than what is posted on the company's web site: On December 22, 2006, Direct To Avionics was forced to close down its operation. We regret…

What does every builder want for the New Year?

A free engine, perhaps, or an unlimited build fund from a wealthy member of the family? Keep dreaming. So heres something almost as good. The exceedingly popular and extraordinarily useful 11-part Build Your Skills: Metal Series is now available as a single PDF. This must-have addition to your library was written by RV-7 builder Dan Checkoway and carefully illustrated for first-time metal-workers and old hands alike. Most everything you need to now, from material handling…

Following Up on the Hexadyne

Rarely does a column trigger as much discourse as did Tim Kerns Engine Beat report on the Hexadyne P60 (Four Strokes, Small Package, KITPLANES, October 2006). After that column appeared, we received reader feedback that made us suspect that all was not well in the world of the P60. …

Incentives for Legend Cub Customers

American Legend Aircraft announced an incentives program for new Legend Cub customers to enhance their flying experience. New buyers of the Legend Cub will receive two Bose Aviation headsets, known for their quality construction and design, and valued at $1990. To take advantage of this offer, new customers must place an order for one of the most popular Legend configurations. The AL3 open-cowl model has a 100-horsepower Continental O-200 engine and composite prop, leather interior,…

Zodiac CH 640 Kit Price Special

Zenair is supplying the long-range tanks as standard equipment when ordering a complete 49% parts kit -- a savings of $900 USD. Please contact Tim Ward at Zenair for more information at 705/526-2871. Special offer valid until the end of October 2006. Shipping time is 6 to 8 weeks from 50% deposit.…

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