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Lancair Piston Evolution FLIES

Lancair Aircrafts development team announced that the piston version of the turbine-powered Evolution is flying. We were at the factory the week after Memorial Day to see the engine fired up for the first time on the airframe, and subsequently the plane made its maiden flight. The engine is a Lycoming TIO-540, and there are plans to use Lycomings IE2 electronic ignition management system. The TIO-540 is essentially the powerplant from a Piper Malibu Mirage, modified with a different air-intake system and fitted with dozens of data-acquisition sensors to help Lycomings techs understand how the engine performs in this new application. Cruise with the 350-horsepower engine is estimated to be 270 knots. Lancairs Joe Bartels was excited and relieved to see the first run of the engine on the airplane perform without a hitch.

The price of the fast-build kit for the piston Evolution will start at $250,000. Contact Lancair at 541/923-2244 or visit www.lancair.com.

MGL introduces V10 com radio

MGL Avionics has announced its new V10 VHF radio transceiver, the first commercial product whose audio processing and much of the transmitter and receiver circuitry is digital, with the commensurate outstanding quality, the company says. The VHF airband transceiver is based on modern digital signal processing, and has a built-in multi-mode, dual-circuit intercom.The

V10 fits in a 3.125-inch instrument hole and has a mounting depth of 2.2 inches with connectors. It offers 6 watts of transmit power and weighs only 8.8 ounces. There are 100 channels on a sunlight-readable LCD display and 10 Garmin/Icom compatible frequency lists.

Contact MGL at 877/835-9464 or visit www.mglavionics.com.

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