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Lam Aviation reports new performance numbersLam Aviation reports new performance numbers

Wing control system offers performance, safety improvements

Lam Aviation’s wing control system delivered its highest and lowest airspeeds to date in its latest round of tests, the company announced July 26.

The anti-spin/high-lift system has been installed on a Lancair Columbia. The test aircraft flew 26 knots faster than an unmodified Columbia’s max cruise speed, while simultaneously improving landing, takeoff performance, and controllability, said Lam Aviation President and CEO Erik Stephansen.

“This system improves aircraft performance, addresses stall/spin departure, and provides a low-cost pathway to fly-by-wire technology for general aviation,” Stephansen said.

The Lancair flew 206 knots true airspeed, and 197 KTAS at 12,000 feet at 2,600 rpm. At 17,000 feet, it flew 179.5 KTAS at 2,200 rpm. At 2,100 rpm and 17,000 feet, it flew 172.8 KTAS. The stall speed of 56 knots was at the same gross weight as the stock Columbia.

“There are other systems that trade something for something. They don’t get both,” Stephansen said. “We are the ‘and’ company, so we are safety and performance. You get the speed and safety in one package.”

The Volant wing control system is available as a modification on the Columbia 300, 400, and Cessna Corvalis models.

Jill W. Tallman

Jill W. Tallman

AOPA Technical Editor
AOPA Technical Editor Jill W. Tallman is an instrument-rated private pilot who owns a Piper Cherokee 140.
Topics: Single Engine, EAA AirVenture

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