A new-to-Americans Light-Sport Aircraft made its debut showing at AirVenture 2018. Here is the Magnus Aircraft Fusion 212.
It appears another SLSA snuck by my penetrating radar for such achievements. U.S. chief pilot Charlie Snyder told me that the first Fusion earned its Special Airworthinews certificate back in September 2017 thereby joining our SLSA List at number 146.
Magnus hails from Hungary, home to more aircraft manufacturers than you may be aware, including such as ApolloFox fixed wing and Apollo weight shift trikes.
American representation for Magnus Aircraft USA is handled by Snyder and Magnus president Istvan Foldesi. We recorded a video interview with both men at AirVenture 2018. Both live in the USA while the company CEO Laszlo Boros runs the Hungary operation in a new manufacturing plant near Pecs-Pogany Airport.
Snyder and Foldesi exhibited their brightly painted low wing that uses mostly carbon fiber construction and a dual taper wing. Full dual controls are available at both seats. Toe brakes on each side guide a castoring nose wheel via differential braking. Rudder pedals are adjustable to accommodate pilot height differences. Leather upholstery is used throughout and cabin heat is provided.
Standard avionics equipment includes a single 10-inch Dynon SkyView screen back up with 2-1/4-inch analog instruments for airspeed, altimeter, and compass. Dynon also provides a 25-kilohertz VHF radio.
Fusion 212 is available with either a Rotax 912 ULS carebureted engine or a fuel-injected 912iS Sport engine swinging either Duc Hélise 3-blade Flash or MT 3-bladed ground adjustable propellers.
“This low-wing monoplane [has a] symmetrical wing profile that provides it with superb aerobatic capabilities,” said Magnus Aircraft. However, the company advised, “While the aircraft has aerobatic capabilities … as a Normal Category SLSA aircraft, Fusion 212 is presently limited to a maximum of 60 degrees of bank and a maximum pitch up or down of 30 degrees when operating in the United States.”
“Fusion 212 is available for special order with 3-5 months of manufacturing lead time. Snyder also said purchase is available from U.S. inventory. A base model Fusion is currently priced from $139,900. Magnus Aircraft, Inc., is licensed by the Hungary-based manufacturer to sell to the American market.”
Specifications for Magnus Fusion 21
- Gross Weight — 1,320 pounds (600 kilograms)
- Fuel Capacity — 23.7 gallons (90 liters)
- Cockpit Width — 46 inches (1.17 meters)
- Cruise Speed — 116 knots
- Never Exceed Speed — 151 knots
- Stall Speed (no flaps) — 48 knots
- Stall Speed (best flaps) — 45 knots
- Takeoff Distance — 400 feet (120 meters)
- Landing Distance — 500-600 feet (150-200 meters)
- Range — 500-600 miles (800-1,000 kilometers)
All specifications provided by Magnus Aircraft
Tom McClain Ph.D. says
Any more recent evaluation of the Fusion 212? Could we come up voice? I could really use your thoughts before my purchase. I have spoken to Istvan and am open to moving forward, but you’re the man on these SLSAs.
Dan Johnson says
Hi Tom: I have no recent information about Fusion 212. We did not see them at shows in 2019 and, of course, we’ve seen no one at shows in 2020 (since Copperstate anyway). I appreciate your supportive words but I have no information to offer beyond what I have already said.
Sounds good, but no empty weight is given, and a clean stall speed of 48 knots does not meet light sport criteria.
Dan Johnson says
Hi Douglas: You are correct about the stall number. As noted in the article, the specifications are from the manufacturer. I had no chance to fly the aircraft so I cannot independently verify their figures.
I own one. Flys great. Controls are sensitive but not too sensitive.
A great airplane for SLSA.