July 30, 2014
By Dave Hirschman
Ice protection and a gross weight increase are improving the utility of the Lancair Evolution turboprop, according to Doug Meyer, CEO of the Oregon aircraft kit manufacturer.
“An airplane that flies at 28,000 feet needs ice protection,” he said.
The company is now offering an ice protection system with boots for the leading edges of the wings and horizontal stabilizer, fluid for the windshield, and heat on the engine inlet. The ice protection system sells for $45,000, adds 45 pounds, and reduces cruise speed about 10 knots.
The Evolution also received a 250-pound gross weight increase to 4,550 pounds, and it has a full-fuel payload of 800 pounds. It cruises at up to 290 knots true airspeed.
Lancair also offers modifications that allow the four-seat aircraft to use unimproved turf and gravel runways.
There are 54 Evolutions flying and nine more under construction. The Evolution kit including a PT6-135 engine has a retail price of $1.2 million.
Lancair also produces Legacy kits that include everything required to build the speedy two-seat, piston aircraft for $250,000.
“The development cycle doesn’t have any stop to it,” Meyer said. “We’re always looking for ways to make our products better.”
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Dave Hirschman joined AOPA in 2008. He has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates. Dave flies vintage, historical, and Experimental airplanes and specializes in tailwheel and aerobatic instruction.
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