August 5, 2010 | Sport Planes
Taking flying into the future, Cessna is planning to build a 100% electric aircraft. They have teamed up with Bye Energy Inc. (a company that specializes in all-electric planes) to build an engine for their proof-of-concept 172 Skyhawk. This electric personal sport plane will be taking off by the year’s end. Based on the popular 172 Skyhawk, the electric version will also be a four-seat, single engine aircraft – all that’s different is the switch to an electric propulsion system. Cessna.
July 8, 2010 | Sport Planes
The iPad is everywhere – even in the SportairUSA iCub Personal Sport Plane! And that’s what makes the iCub so unique. Equipped with an iPad in the middle of its instrument panel, the iCub comes pre-installed with a host of useful flight-oriented applications including WingX Pro7 navigation software, ForeFlight Mobile HD, iHUD and various apps for emergencies including first-aid and survival guides. Light, tough and powerful, this SportairUSA personal sport plane delivers 565 lbs of useful load along with short take-offs and landings. SportairUSA.
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July 1, 2010 | Sport Planes
Go from the street to the sky with no stops in between – the Terrafugia Transition Personal Sport Plane does it all. The 1,440-pound car/aircraft hybrid Terrafugia Transition has just been cleared for take off by the FAA and will fly under a "light sport" designation. This is great news for budding pilots, as a light sport pilot license only requires 20 hours of seat time, much less than what a full license requires. The Terrafugia Transition comes with all the standard equipment you’d find in a car, like airbags and crumple zones. However, it doesn’t go very fast while on the ground – it gets about 30 mpg when scooting around town. When the skies are clear for takeoff, the Transition can lower its wings, fire up a rear-mounted propeller and take to the air where it can carry a top speed of around 115 mph with a range of 460 miles. The MSRP is expected to be around $194,000. Terrafugia.
June 22, 2010 | Sport Planes
The newest member of the company’s SR22 model line, Cirrus’SR22T Personal Sport Plane is set to take off to popular demand. The product of collaboration between a unique partnership at TCM and Cirrus, the SR22T takes flight with the Teledyne Continental Motors (TCM) twin-turbocharged TSIO-550-K engine. For greater future fuel flexibility, this Cirrus personal sport plane boasts quieter operation, lower weight and a smoother ride. You can fly the friendly skies in one for a base price of $475,000. Cirrus.
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March 5, 2010 | Sport Planes
Wherever your flying adventures take you, expand your horizons in the Gobosh 700S Personal Sport Plane. An all-metal luxury sport aircraft, the 700S features anodized aluminum parts to protect them from corrosion, and all of its steel parts are Cadmium plated. Made from a single piece of aluminum from wing root to tip, this Gobosh personal sport plane’s wing skin boasts smooth and seamless lines. Other features include standardized cockpit configuration, standardized brakes, robust steel landing gear, Garmin GPS and two-tone leather seats. Head into the great blue yonder for $124,500. Gobosh.
January 26, 2010 | Sport Planes
A zero-emission aircraft that’s powered by electricity, the Yuneec e430 Sport Plane is in a class of its own. Available to the public in 2011, the e430 is a twin seat, single engine, LSA class plane that is easy to fly and boasts virtually zero vibration. Making the skies environmentally friendly, this Yuneec sport plane uses no fuel, extremely low maintenance and is super affordable – it costs just two dollars per hour to fly. Able to fly between 1.5 and 3 hours, the e430 charges in as little as 3 hours, and since it only has 2 main moving parts in the motor, it’s reliable and easy to maintain. It will cost you $89,000 to own one of the first ones. Yuneec.
January 12, 2010 | Sport Planes
Keep your eye on the prize, and the bottom line, with Cirrus’ SR20 GTS Personal Sport Plane. You’d never know from its stylish lines and its elegant interior, but the SR20 GTS is also fuel efficient too. Boasting cutting-edge features and superb workmanship, this Cirrus personal sport plan is your ticket to the friendly skies and breath-taking luxury. Equipped with Cirrus Perspective with Synthetic Vision Technology, the SR20 GTS delivers unparalleled situational awareness, the option to incorporate an Enhanced Vision System and a smooth-flying and sophisticated autopilot. Cirrus Aircraft.
December 8, 2009 | Sport Planes
There are too many reasons to count why the Cessna Skylane Personal Sport Plane is a favorite four-passenger aircraft of pilots. Powered by a Lycoming IO-540-AB1A5 powerplant, the Skylane pushes out 230 horsepower, climbs at 924 fpm (282 mpm) and reaches speeds of up to 150 knots. Comfort comes standard in this Cessna personal sport plane – just look at its state-of-the-art flight deck, contoured leather or cloth seats that adjust four ways and a molded headliner that offers a cabin lighting and air console for multilevel ventilation. On the outside, the Skylane’s reliable externally braced dual-spar wings with conical camber wing tips not only enhance the position light-housing, but also give it a flashy style all its own. Cessna.
November 4, 2009 | Sport Planes
No place is too far when you’re traveling in the Piper Mirage Personal Sport Plane. Offering great economy, thanks to its piston engine, as well as the comfort and safety of cabin pressurization, the Mirage gives you the complete package for business or pleasure. Boasting long, tapered, high-aspect ratio wing, the Mirage can glide over weather where the air is smooth and tailwinds are on your side. The interior of this Piper personal sport plane is luxurious beyond belief – you’ll love the newly designed reclining bucket-style seating, a forward refreshment and entertainment center with a remote control AM/FM/CD player and plenty of leg and head room. Piper Aircraft.
October 16, 2009 | Sport Planes
The skies have never been friendlier, thanks to the Tecnam P2002-JF Personal Sport Plane. A two-seater side-by-side, low-wing aircraft, the P2002-JF is a superb mix of aerodynamic and structural efficiency. With its tapered laminar flow airfoil and the slotted flaps, this Tecnam sport plane is ideal for recreational use, and its Rotax 912, four-cylinder, four-stroke engine lets you fulfill your need for speed. Inside the roomy 44-inch cabin, you’ll find it ergonomic and comfortable, as it comes complete with a large luggage, fresh air vents and adjustable seats. Other features include 13.2 gal fuel tanks, dual controls and four point harness system. Tecnam.
September 16, 2009 | Sport Planes
Boasting the next step in advanced aerodynamic design, the Flight Design CTLS Personal Sport Plane is a joy to fly, no matter what skill level you’re at. Built with a carbon fiber airframe, the CTLS comes equipped with composite landing gear, which reduces rebound and makes the roughest landing seem smooth. Thanks to the addition of a longer fuselage, this Flight Design personal sport plane minimizes drag while giving you plenty of interior room. Long flights are never a problem – you and your passengers will love the two-way adjustable seats and extra-wide cabin doors. Other features include the BRS parachute system, standard Dynon Glass panel and Garmin 496 GPS with XM weather. Flight Design.
July 24, 2009 | Sport Planes
Now even faster and more powerful than ever before, the Mooney Acclaim Type S Personal Sport Plane will also go farther than ever before. Able to reach speeds of 242 ktas, the Acclaim Type S is powered by a TSI0-550-G-Turbo-Supercharaged engine, complete with twin turbo dual intercoolers. It even comes equipped with the Garmin G1000 Integrated Avionics Suite, an all-glass, flat-panel cockpit that brings this Mooney personal sport plane to a new level of safety, and flying simplicity. For your comfort, you’ll find the cabin outfitted with hand-stitched leather seats, Bose headset connections, three-place bench seat and heating and air conditioning. Mooney.
June 24, 2009 | Sport Planes
Boasting awesome affordability and the latest technology, Cessna’s SkyCatcher Personal Sport Plane is an ideal starter aircraft for any new pilot. Built for 2, the SkyCatcher’s classic high-wing design offers stability, superb visibility, sun blocking and inclement weather protection. Equipped with forward pivoting seats, this Cessna personal sport plane gives you easy access to the spacious baggage area located directly behind you. The SkyCatcher is powered by a Continental O-200D, an air-cooled, four-cylinder, naturally aspirated, spark ignition, direct drive engine that allows you to cruise at speeds up to 118 knots, with a range of 470 nautical miles. Cessna.
June 9, 2009 | Sport Planes
No matter what your flying needs are, the Gobosh 700X Metal Low Wing Personal Sport Plane covers them all. The 700X’s wings are made from one piece of aluminium from root to tip, creating a seamless and efficient look. Equipped with sturdy steel landing gear so it can stand daily rigors, and a corrosion protection process protects the aircraft, so you can enjoy it for years to come. Even the interior of this Gobosh sport plane is superior – the cockpit is comfortable and inviting, making the longest tip pleasant. Other features include standardized brakes, Garmin instrumentation, two-tone leather seats and Go-Safe Airframe Parachute System. Prices start at $99,990. Gobosh.
June 3, 2009 | Sport Planes
The new crop of 2010 Personal Sport Planes are here, starting with the Commander 115TC. Turbocharged to fly at higher altitudes and field elevations, the 115TC can cruise up to 25,000 ft., and reaches speeds of up to 215mph, thanks to its Lycoming 260 HP, six-cylinder, fuel-injected engine. Strengthened by quality construction and superior handling, the crew and passengers will enjoy a smooth ride every time you leave the runway. The inside of this Commander personal sport plane is just as impressive, with a full leather interior, plush carpeting and backlight switch labels. Commander Premier Aircraft.