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.
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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