Exciting Improvements for 2014 at Lancair
Rough Service Landing Gear, Higher Gross Weight, ana Improved Aileron design lead changes:
The ‘Rough Service Landing Gear” leads the list of improvements for the 2014 Evolution Kits. Many customers, especially those in countries with fewer paved airport options have expressed interest in a more robust landing gear with larger tires and a softer footprint. Lancair has answered them with an optional “Rough Service Landing Gear” for unpaved operations. The RSLG option consists of proprietary Grove wheels and brakes, Goodyear 18x6.5-8 12 ply main tires, improved nose gear geometry and structural upgrades. This new main landing gear provides essentially the same PSF loading as found on other large “Bush” qualified Turboprops. A by-product of the development and drop testing of the RSLG is Lancair’s approval of a higher gross weight for the Evolution. As the Evolution matures, many builders have taken advantage of their freedom to add options to their Evolution, increasing the empty weight and therefore, decreasing the payload. The drop tests and higher weight stall tests carried out to prove the rugged RSLG option also proved the viability of increasing the Max Gross Weight by 250 pounds to 4550 pounds. Given the higher Empty Weight of 2650 pounds, the Evolution can now be constructed with more optional features and still carry 800 pounds with full fuel.
The standard landing gear also benefits from new standard Goodyear 18x4.4-10 ply tires that provide a larger contact patch, a stiffer carcass for better ground handling and more grip on braking. The nose gear improvements also carry over to the standard landing gear as does the higher permitted Gross Weight.
Some felt that the roll forces on the Evolution were too high at higher speed when hand flying. Lancair has responded with redesigned ailerons that feature an integrated trim tab and a different shape that provides lighter, yet speed proportional roll forces.
On the Legacy front, Lancair is very excited about the new G3X Touch touch screen and will be incorporating it as an option on the Lancair panel for all Legacy models.
Taking advantage of one of the chief benefits of E-AB category aircraft, Lancair continues to make many small running changes while striving to continuously improve the product.
We have another WINNER!
To celebrate Lancair’s 30th year of building one of the best kit airplanes in the world, we will be having a monthly drawing. Every time you purchase parts with Kit Components, Inc., you will be entered into the monthly drawing for a Park Avenue lambskin jacket and at the end of every month one winner will be chosen by a random drawing for the jacket. So think of KCI first when you purchase your parts or supplies! For the month of February Mr. Glen Oxford (Lancair 320 N5ZQ) was our winner, congratulations!
Lancair Evolution Achieves Higher Gross Weight Limit
Lancair’s Evolution flagship Single Engine Turboprop is now rated at a gross takeoff and landing weight specification of 4550 pounds. The aircraft empty weight has been increased to 2650 pounds to accommodate an ever growing list of owner installed options such as anti-ice/de-Ice systems, additional avionics, custom interior features and multi-color paint schemes. As a result of the drop testing of an improved landing gear design to validate the applicability of these new weights and the incorporation of Goodyear Flight Eagle 18x4.4 10 ply main tires, Evolutions from serial number 60 will allow the owner to maintain a typical useful load of 1950 pounds and full fuel payload of 800 pounds while also installing various options and more elaborate custom paint schemes
The most often asked question?
How Many?... 50 Evolutions are now flying. As of April, 2014 there are 61 Evolutions in the hands of their owners and of those, 50 are flying. Two of the latest owners, Dan Coury and Jeff Siegel were assisted by RDD Enterprises in Redmond and have stunning paint schemes by Kathy Custard Designs. These aircraft are now flying their 40-hour phase 1 fly-offs and their owners will be receiving their included flight training soon.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Lancair Adopts Avidyne TWX670 Tactical Weather Detection System
Lancair International has completed extensive testing and system improvement using the Avidyne TWX670 Lightning Detection System on the Evolution. As a result, this system is an available Evolution Avionics Suite option.
This is a significant milestone because the Carbon Fiber Evolution presents unique challenges for lightning detection systems. The Evolution’s carbon fiber airframe can create its own electrical discharge signature which can interfere with a traditional lightning detection system. The advanced signal processor utilized by the TWX670 recognizes this information and filters it out, allowing the critical 0 to 25 nm lightning discharges to be accurately displayed on the Garmin G900x MFD without airframe interference.
In Garmin G900x and G1000 equipped aircraft such as the Evolution, the TWX670 displays yellow lightning strike symbols along with range and azimuth information on the discrete MFD page.
Pilots have come to rely on the SiriusXM lightning information but this is not optimum due to the time lag in the satellite download and is in fact, noted as not to be used as tactical system. When coupled with this currently available weather information, the TWX670 supplies the missing link in thunderstorm avoidance, most importantly, course correction advice before the weather actually becomes a dangerous thunderstorm, thus providing true tactical avoidance. Non-Radar equipped composite aircraft, and especially International customers without the XM coverage, have been without accurate storm avoidance information and the TWX670 fills that void.
The Avidyne TWX670 is available from Lancair Avionics as a kit for $9,900 and as an installed option on your new Evolution for $11,900. Contact Alma Riddell, Lancair Avionics, for details.