You already know this airplane with the handsome interior, clean lines, and the sexy wingtips. However, you know it as the Gobosh 700E, which billed itself as a Luxury Sport Aircraft. Now with a new U.S. representative, this European aircraft is back in the market after a short hiatus. Built very conventionally in all metal, general aviation pilots will especially like the deluxe Garmin avionics in the panel.
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The Gobosh company, which recently acquired new ownership based out of Denver, Colorado, established itself as an importer of two fine low wing designs. Many LSA enthusiasts already know about the Gobosh 700, an all-metal design. Now, our video camera takes a series of views of a sleek all-composite Gobosh 800 as seen at the Midwest LSA Expo in 2010. Come on along as we check out this low wing speedster.
Gobosh is an all-American company that imports European aircraft but U.S.-based managers have carefully reconfigured the G700S and G800 to better fine tune them for American buyers. The result is their Luxury Sport Aircraft. Every pilot I’ve asked seemed to love flying the all-metal G700S.
One of the earliest and most popular SLSA on the market is the Gobosh 700. Co-Impresario Dave Graham extols its virtues of “aliveness” and my sentiments echo his: it’s a friendly, comfortable, responsive and thoroughly enjoyable airplane to fly. *** Dave’s installed the new Dynon Skyview into it, and calls the model the Gobosh 700DX. *** “It was very easy to install,” says Dave. “The manuals for the Dynon systems are exceptionally good. The sensor package that comes with the system worked right out of the box.” *** Price for the SkyView-equipped 700DX is $138,500, which represents a $3,500 upgrade from the Dynon D-180-equipped version. *** Standing all day in the hot sun and dusty wind day after day is the foot soldier reality for aircraft display folks. Everybody has their own outdoor strategy for showing wares to the public while never being too far from the plane. Here’s a shot of Dave Graham’s Gobosh “office”.
To Gobosh, LSA Means “Luxury Sport Aircraft”
Are luxury and light-sport aircraft (LSA)
compatible terms? Why shouldn’t they be? Some
automobiles are basic transportation machines
while others are luxurious, high-end cruisers.
That same variety can and should exist in the
world of aircraft, offering owners choices in
both price and “finish” of an airplane.
With luxury in mind,
one of the newer
entrants into the LSA
field, Gobosh Aviation,
introduced the Gobosh
G-700S to the U.S. market at EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh 2007. Built in
Poland by Aero Ltd. (see sidebar)
the G-700S is modified from Aero’s
AT-3, which has been produced
under European Joint Airworthiness
Requirements-Very Light Aircraft
(JAR-VLA) since 1999. About 30 AT-3s
are flying in Europe
What’s with Gobosh? What kind of
company name is that, you ask? Well,
Gobosh stands for “go big or stay
home.” One of Gobosh’s investors
hails from the high-tech computer
industry, and that’s his slogan in that
Out of the blue in 2007. Now, they have two in 2008…SLSA models, that is. Gobosh is the interestingly named company (it’s a tech industry thing) that burst on the AirVenture Oshkosh scene with the Gobosh 700S, a rebadged upgrade of the Aero AT-3 from Poland. Just six months later at the Sebring LSA Expo 2008, Gobosh introduced the super sleek 800XP from the Czech Republic’s Aveko, builder of the speedy retractable VL-3 on which 800XP is based. Relying on their experience with the Symphony and other business ventures partners Dave Graham and Tim Baldwin (inset photo, left) are rapidly expanding their presence in light-sport aviation. *** Their two planes are an interesting contrast. Gobosh promotes the metal 700S as a “luxury sport aircraft,” though it seems well aimed at flight schools. The composite 800XP is the high performance model, “which had to be slowed down for LSA rules,” said Dave.
Whew! After ten days in the hot sun, I’m glad Oshkosh is over…but what an event for Light-Sport Aviation. The whole story includes a last few days of whirlwind development climaxing in many new introductions. Folks from Gobosh* brought the all-metal low wing G-700S, an Americanized revision of the AT-3 from Poland. Aero Ltd’s AT-3 was created by Tomasz Antoniewski and a team of engineers known for the Wilga among other designs; it earned JAR-VLA certification in Europe (1999). *** Tim Baldwin and Dave Graham, once associated with the Symphony, won SLSA airworthiness for the G-700S just days before AirVenture 2007 opened. Both men also have business backgrounds in other fields, experience allowing the new company to make an grand entry with a refined product. G-700S comes well equipped for $107,000 to $124,000 and includes a 2-year/400-hour warranty. Financing is available. * “Gobosh” is a acronym borrowed from the go-go technology industry meaning Go Big Or Stay Home.
Fifteen years ago, in 2007, Guisset brothers Jean-Marie and Jean-Baptiste were dealers in France and Belgium for a company then known as Aveko. Driven by a passion for flying that started when they were only fourteen years old, the brothers were successful enough that at one point they could claim to have sold more than 85% of the aircraft produced by Aveko.
Aircraft seen in nearby images is the VL3, a plane formerly designed by Vanessa Air and produced by Aveko. Americans first came to know a variation of this model as the Gobosh G700S although that faded about the time JMB took over production. Some years went by with no U.S. presence for the European low-wing aircraft.
Five years later, in 2012, the Guisset brothers’ acquired Aveko. Shortly after, they started to upgrade the aircraft, pushing the aircraft to fly faster (article). They also upgraded the interior; see current state-of-design in a nearby image.
The age of Light Personal Aircraft is not far off in the future but is that where “fast-glass” LSA are headed?
Certainly, some LSA producers have ambitions for four seat cruisers or tougher bush aircraft or larger load-carrying aircraft to satisfy pilots that want more capability from their aircraft.
Those goals are fine, of course, but they are not what stimulates leaders and engineers at JMB Aircraft, a restless bunch that loves flying their screaming machine as fast as they can.
How fast is it? I went aloft with dealer Kyle Schluter to find out.
I also learned about the fuller product line and what Sport Pilot certificate holders can do to own and fly one of these impressive aircraft. (Article updated 7/17/21)
Orange Lightning in the Sky
Maybe it doesn’t look familiar but VL3 has already been seen by Yankee pilots under the brand name Gobosh and with the model designation 800XP.
Think about this: A Rotax-powered aircraft capable of high-speed cruising at 185 miles an hour? That’s pretty fast and some go quite a bit faster …although not in the USA, as Light-Sport Aircraft …not yet anyway.
Most readers are aware that FAA will make big changes to the LSA regulation (info also in this video) probably at the end of 2023. The last time LSA regulations were introduced in September of 2004, one geographical region of the world seemed to be ahead of the game. That 15-year-old experience appears ready to repeat.
As the new reg approaches — and with a giant assumption that it will remain approximately as we’ve been lead to expect — Europeans once again appear likely to seize an early lead.
Today, I am writing about high-speed aircraft with retractable gear and in-flight adjustable props. At Sun ‘n Fun 2021, we saw two such companies exhibiting.