“We thank Cessna for getting people all excited about a high-wing, all-metal, Continental O-200-powered LSA,” exclaimed John Degonia, sales director for AMD, seller of the Zodiac CH-601. The Wichita giant has confirmed LSA enthusiasm with more than 700 Skycatcher orders, but it will be two years before the first deliveries. This delay is helping AMD take orders for their new Patriot 150. *** “It’s a two seat, 46-inch wide 172,” added John. The proven design formula gives Georgia-based AMD a high and low wing to address both market interests. CH-601 designer Chris Heintz “put his own spin on it,” said Degonia, “making it a shorter takeoff and landing design, and beefing it up to handle the O-200 Continental engine.” AMD is also planning an amphib version as “half our inquiries ask about floats,” said John. Patriot is priced at $89,900 for a day/night VFR version with a radio and avionics airplane for about $97,000. Deliveries should start before year-end.
Skot Weidemann says
I remember the high wing that was called World Aircraft I believe. I saw it at either Sun n Fun or OSH. It looked good and seemed to have a good future. It seems to have disappeared. Do you know anything about this plane?
Dan Johnson says
Hi Skot: The company was World Aircraft (link provided to show their aircraft but the contact information will not help) and they offered several models. The company has long been out of sight and apparently gave up their facility in Paris, Tennessee. At this point, their return looks most unlikely.