AERO 2011: A Few Planes You May Have Missed
By Mary Jones, Editor - EAA Sport Aviation, EAA 224626
April 21, 2011 — AERO 2011 closed its four-day run on Saturday, April 16, with an attendance of 33,400 visitors. A total of 630 exhibitors from 29 countries set an exhibition record. Business jets, propeller GA aircraft, light aircraft and microlights, gliders, gyrocopters, and helicopters filled the 11 exhibition halls for the 19th edition of the Global Show for General Aviation.
While attendance may not have been as high as in recent years, aircraft and avionics sales were brisk for many manufacturers. With three new airplanes displayed at AERO 2011, Tecnam likely had the highest number of aircraft sales, with 42 orders taken during the show. Flight Design also confirmed 29 security deposits for its C4 four-place aircraft, which was on display as a mock up.
For a photo gallery of new and interesting aircraft discovered at AERO 2011, click here.
Air Res Aviation from Poland is hoping to bring the venerable Bücker-Jungmann to market as a light-sport aircraft. They’re looking to develop a Lycoming-powered model because the original LOM engines are no longer being produced. However, the company does have two LOM engines in its shop and interested buyers could purchase a new airframe with an original 140-hp engine for $125,000.
This electric propulsion system is designed for ultralights, motorgliders, paramotors, airships, and light aircraft. Peak power is 19 kilowatts (26 hp) for its GMPE 102 model; it weighs 25.5 pounds. A 35-hp model is also available.
AiRector 120 weighs only 120 kilograms (about 265 pounds) and is powered by a Hirth two-cylinder/two-stroke engine. First flights are expected this fall, with cruise expected in the 100-mph range at a top speed of 110 mph. The single-seat, all-composite airplane will be built in a new factory in northern Germany.
AutoGyro GmbH introduced its latest design, the Cavalon, at AERO 2011. The side-by-side gyro may be powered by a Rotax 912S or 914 turbo engine. The company also manufactures the open-flight deck MT03/MTOsports and the enclosed Calidus, shown here with the Cavalon. At AERO, it announced the owner of the 1,000th gyro produced by the company.
|Magni Orion M24
Magni Gyro s.r.l. of Italy also introduced a two-seat, side-by-side gyro at AERO 2011 and announced that the machine had recently been approved to BCAR Section T, the United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation Authority standard for gyroplanes.
From Solaris Group Aviation comes the Luscombe Phantom II powered with a Rotec R2800 seven-cylinder radial engine. The company plans to offer it, along with a Rotax 912 and 912S-powered aircraft (the LSA 8) as a light-sport aircraft, and a Lycoming O-320-powered aircraft (the R8F) as a certificated aircraft. The company also displayed its Sling model, flown by Mike Blyth and James Pitman from Johannesburg, South Africa, to Krakow, Poland, alongside the Phantom II. You’ll remember Mike and James from their round-the-world flight in 2009, during which they landed at AirVenture 2009.
The Dallair FR-01 was introduced at AERO 2010 as a prototype, but was back on display as a production airplane at AERO 2011. The sleek single-place aerobatic machine is powered by an EPA Power R9159 limited edition 135-hp engine; if you look at it closely, its cylinder heads will reveal its heritage. The entire top half of the aircraft - from the firewall aft to the tail surfaces - can be easily removed for inspection. “That’s important for an aerobatic aircraft,” said Bill Canino of SportAir USA, which will be marketing the aircraft in the United States.