In this Copperstate Part 2 article we resume the list of aircraft Videoman Dave and I reviewed at the show south of Phoenix, Arizona in Casa Grande. To remind you, this was the 43rd running of this show that invites all sorts of aircraft — and many dozens did fly in each day plus others did fly-over demonstrations. However, Copperstate generates a particularly strong response from manufacturers and representatives of Light-Sport Aircraft, light kit aircraft, and utralights. That makes it a must-go show for our team at ByDanJohnson.com and Dave’s SportAviationMagazine.com YouTube channel that so many of you seem to enjoy. Like other shows, many of you approached us at the event and expressed your ongoing interest in the video content we create. We are very pleased about your loyal viewership and will continue to work hard to build our growing video library … already at 400+ videos and moving steadily to 500 and beyond.
Kitfox Aircraft (FoxAir) Series 7
Phone: (208) 337-5111Homedale, ID 83628 - USA
AirVenture Previews Continue as Opening Day Nears
We and many other journalists have arrived in EAAworld and are gearing up for another big event. Here are two aircraft announcements of interest and one avionics offering. More will follow. Jabiru USA has news prices and new gear for their speedy line of kits and LSA. Jabiru USA Sport Aircraft is celebrating ten years in the Light-Sport Aircraft market by offering a new large-screen Garmin G3X Touch avionics package as standard equipment for its J230-D high-performance composite LSA while lowering the price of the fully-loaded aircraft to $119,900. The Australian-designed Jabiru J250/230 series has been flying in the U.S. since 2005 and is known for its speed, easy handling and large baggage capacity. “By simplifying our overhead, we are now able to offer the new fully-equipped J230-D with the Garmin system for $119,900, a price cut of nearly $20,000,” said Jabiru USA general manager Pete Krotje.
Tuning Up Skystar
|Empty weight||730 pounds|
|Gross weight||1,232 pounds 1 2|
|Wing area||132 square feet|
|Wing loading||9.3 pounds/square foot|
|Useful Load||502 pounds 1|
|Payload (with full fuel)||340 pounds (394 pounds @ 18 gallon tab) 1|
|Cabin Interior||43 inches|
|Fuel Capacity||27 gallons|
|Baggage area||150 pounds, 8 cubic feet|
|Notes:||1 Gross weight will be dependent on the final
SP/LSA rule; the Series 7 was designed for
1,550 pounds gross. If the allowed LSA weight
is greater than 1,232 pounds, as originally proposed,
the useful load will rise along with the
2 The kit-built Series 7 can weigh 1,550 pounds when these limits apply.
|Power loading||12.3 pounds/hp|
|Max Speed||125 mph|
|Cruise speed||90-120 mph|
|Stall Speed||41 mph|
|Rate of climb at gross||1,200 fpm|
|Takeoff distance at gross||300 feet|
|Landing distance at gross||300 feet|
|Range (powered)||600 miles|
SkyStar reorganizes to offer ultralights, homebuilts and special LSAs under “one” roof. For the new SkyStar Aircraft Corp., the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel is not a locomotive; it’s the coming of a bright new day in light aviation. As the publication of the final sport pilot and light-sport aircraft (SP/LSA) rule looms on the horizon, business is looking better for SkyStar and most other manufacturers and suppliers of light aviation equipment. The two-place SkyStar Series 7 will have multiple personalities. SkyStar Sport Planes will manufacture a variation of this model as a ready-to-fly special LSA. Depending on the parameters of the final rule, SkyStar Sport Planes may sell an experimental LSA kit (more than 51-percent complete). When flown as an LSA, the Series 7 will be limited to the Rotax 912S engine as its powerplant. SkyStar Aircraft will continue to offer the Series 7 as a 51- percent amateur-built kit, with a variety of engine options, including the 914 Turbo version shown here.