Waco Aircraft Corp. has received Brazilian approval for its Great Lakes model. The aircraft is already approved in 30 countries.
Improvements to the model continue with a Hartzell Trailblazer carbon fiber aerobatic propeller that should be ready by the end of 2015. A double canopy also is in the works. The propeller is expected to offer better cruise speeds at low rpm, plus better takeoff acceleration and climb performance.
The double-cockpit canopy should be ready by early 2016.
Engineering work has started on a Waco YMF-5 E model for introduction in 2016. It will have a constant-speed MT two-blade composite propeller, and a “Platinum” 300-horsepower Jacobs engine from Air-Repair. Other refinements include a redesigned cabin heater, serviceability improvements, new fairings, and aerodynamic improvements.
The Waco YMF-5D model is expected to be approved in Brazil by early 2016.