July 29, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
Oma Sud Sky Technologies, an aircraft manufacturer based in Capua, Italy, brought its twin-engine Skycar with rearward-facing Lycoming engines to EAA AirVenture. It also features a twin-boom tail that allows for a rear cargo door. The rear door can be opened in flight for air-dropping emergency supplies.
It was designed for day/night/IFR operations, and can operate on unprepared grass or dirt strips. The aircraft has retractable gear and a useful load of 1,268 pounds and carries 95 gallons of useable fuel.
Design work on the aircraft began in 1988. The company has a subsidiary operation at Opa-Locka Executive Airport in Miami. Two Lycoming IO-360-C1E6 engines rated at 200 horsepower power it. The company hopes to win FAA certification by December.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
Nextant Aerospace, adding a remanufactured King Air to its remanufactured Hawker 400 offering, says the King Air (Nextant G90XT) will fly early next year.
Greg Pecoraro, AOPA vice president of airports and state advocacy, brought Indiana aviation community members up to date on the association’s initiatives.
Elbit Systems has upgraded infrared systems that see through darkness and weather for nearly visual landings and takeoffs, as well as taxi operations.
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