December 30, 2008
By Ian J. Twombly
The Expedition E350, a four-place utility aircraft built by Expedition Aircraft, received FAA certification late last week. The E350 is an updated version of Ontario-based Expedition Aircraft’s Found Bush Hawk-XP.
Certified as a tricycle-gear airplane on wheels and straight and amphibious floats, the E350 will soon be available in tailwheel configuration as well. Expedition Aircraft bills the E350 as a stout utility airplane with a 315-horsepower engine, a useful load of 1,550 pounds, and a full fuel payload of more than 900 pounds.
“The Expedition was designed to be the true meaning of a high performance, flying SUV and the undisputed heavy-hauler in its class,” said Drew Hamblin, Expedition Aircraft’s director of marketing and sales.
Each aircraft is built to spec with instrument panel options that include a Garmin G600 and Flight Dynamic’s EVS-100 infrared camera. Deliveries are expected to begin in early 2009.
Stay tuned to AOPA Pilot for a full review in an upcoming issue.
Flight Training Editor Ian J. Twombly joined AOPA in 2003 and is an instrument flight instructor.
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It was a big day for the newly resurrected Mooney International Corp. Mooney president Jerry Chen handed over the keys to the first airplane to roll out of the Kerrville, Texas, manufacturer’s newly reactivated factory site.
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