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.
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