Improved Weather Attracts Flight Enthusiasts
Another aircraft coming to the United States is this Patriot designed and marketed by Aircraft Manufacturing and Design (AMD) of Eastman, Georgia. The design of this high-wing, all-metal airplane was influenced by the work of Zenith Aircraft's Chris Heintz, and it has been produced and sold in South America for several years. It's flying in the U.S. now with a Continental O-200 engine and expects to earn S-LSA approval early in 2008.
This is the new Gobosh 800XP, available in two versions. The all-composite airframe is designed and built in the Czech Republic. It displays some interesting design lines in the aft fuselage area, but Gobosh principal Tim Baldwin says it's "a great flying airplane."
Randall Fishman, who flew an electric-powered trike during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007, is wintering in Florida and is ready to begin making test flights soon on this electric-powered fixed-wing design. He's flown the airframe with a KFM engine years ago, but now has fitted the airframe with a more powerful electric engine based on the technology that put his electric-powered trike into the air. Watch for Randall and this airplane at Sun 'n Fun, too.
This new LSA-to-be comes from the design mind of Jim Stewart of S-51 fame. Yes, the design group expects this airplane to come in with a 1,320 gross weight, powered by a 6-cylinder Jabiru engine. The New Horizon's Group expects to make the first flights in this proof-of-concept machine in February and then will begin design analysis to produce a production prototype. Look for it at Sun'n Fun!
January 20, 2008 — It's been an interesting weather week at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo . but certainly nothing as challenging as the weather our EAA coworkers are experiencing back home in Oshkosh (they reported an air temperature of -11 at noon on Saturday!) Dense fog greeted Expo visitors until about mid-morning on Saturday, but eventually the sun burned off the moisture and sunshine and temperatures approaching the low 80s resulted. The sunny sky brought a significant crowd to the Expo on Saturday, and exhibitors again stated their good feelings about this show.
"It's a show where people come expressly to make buying decisions," said RANS President Randy Schlitter. "Unlike Sun 'n Fun and AirVenture, people come here for a specific purpose - to shop for an airplane and nothing else. It's a great event for manufacturers and distributors."
The Expo will wrap up its fourth run mid-afternoon on Sunday, but already exhibitors have reserved space for the 2009 event, currently scheduled for January 15-18, 2009.