iCub Import Debuts


SporairUSA and Zlin Aviation have announced that Sportair has become the U.S. importer and distributor for the iCub LSA manufactured by Zlin. The iCub evolved from the Zlin Savage Cruiser and Classic taildraggers. Built to ASTM Light Sport Aircraft standards, the iCub is fitted with an iPad aviation information center as standard equipment. Power is from a 100-horsepower Rotax 912 ULS engine with a two-blade wood prop. It will make its official debut at AirVenture.

With tandem seating and 565 pounds of useful load, the iCub will haul more than other LSAs in its class, the company says. “We designed the iCub for safety, performance and carrying capacity for those with a passion for flying,” said Pasquale Russo, Zlin CEO.

The central feature of the iCub’s instrument panel is a dock-mounted Apple iPad, preloaded with WingXPro7 moving map, ForeFlight Mobile HD and ForeFlight Charts, the iHUD heads-up display and MotionX GPS HD along with other apps that are useful to pilots both in the air and on the ground. The airplane is also equipped with backup airspeed, altimeter and inclinometer.

“As electronics get smarter and more reliable, the line between aviation and consumer products is disappearing,” said Bill Canino Sportair president. “The iPad is a case in point. The aviation applications available for the iPad are remarkable, and the selection and quality are improving every day.”

The iCub is also available with 7-inch extended landing gear, performance brakes and 26-inch balloon tires designed for bush flying. Alaskan Bushwheels come in 29-, 31- and 35-inch sizes. According to Sportair, the price for the iCub with standard gear and tires is less than $93,000; the Bush iCub is less than $100,000.

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Mary Bernard
Mary Bernard - The product of two parents with Lockheed Aerospace careers, Mary grew up with aviation, prompting her to pursue pilot training as an adult. Her father, a talented tool-and-die maker and planner, instilled in her an abiding interest in how things are built. For more than a decade, she has been a contributing writer and Managing Editor for KITPLANES®.


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