December 16, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
Extra Aircraft has appointed Extra Aviation Australasia as the distributor of the Extra 500 Spirit for the Asia Pacific Rim. Based at Brisbane’s Archerfield Airport in Queensland, Extra Aviation Australasia will introduce this first-to-be-certified carbon fiber turboprop to the Australian market and support the aircraft with a service center in each major capital city of Australia.
The Extra 500 Spirit powered by a Rolls-Royce turboprop is a six-seat pressurized aircraft designed for business travel. Extra recently established an assembly center in Colorado.
“The use of carbon fiber has resulted in a lighter airframe and larger cabin for the Extra 500 Spirit than its competitors. The size and weight advantage facilitates use of the reliable 450 horsepower Rolls Royce engine,” said Ken Keith, owner and CEO of Extra Aircraft. “The combination of airframe design and efficient power plant has produced the most well-balanced turboprop to date.”
Moishe Gordon of Extra Aviation Australasia adds, “The 1,600 nautical mile range of the Extra 500 Spirit allows the necessary cross country travel in Australia. With a fuel burn of 75 liters per hour [19.8 gallons], trips such as Melbourne to Perth or Brisbane to Darwin are possible and affordable.”
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