We have another WINNER!
February 28, 2014:
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.....? As of Jan 31, 2014 there are 59 Evolutions in the hands of their owners and of those, 46 are flying. Another should fly before Feb.10th. Both 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.
Mon, Aug 05, 2013
For Lancair International, The Future is PT6-Powered
Pratt & Whitney Canada Has Signed A 5-Year Contract With The Kit Manufacturer
For Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC), AirVenture is among the highlights of the calendar year. The company has been attending the Oshkosh, Wisconsin, event for more than a decade, and this year the company says it provides an especially ideal venue to showcase the PT6 engine, celebrating its 50th anniversary.
For both P&WC and the aviation community at large, it’s an occasion to look back on fifty years of turboprop innovation. Meanwhile, at Lancair International, it’s an occasion to look forward. The Oregon-based kit aircraft manufacturer signed a 5-year contract with P&WC, covering the sale of new PT6A-135A engines for installation on their Evolution aircraft.
P&WC’s relationship with Lancair goes back more than 5 years, when the Evolution first took to the skies. “Lancair’s goal in developing the Evolution was to provide pilots with a similar level of confidence in a kit aircraft as a certified production aircraft,” said Thomas Bowen, Chief Operating Officer at Lancair. “We looked to the PT6A engine as the basis for creating that confidence given its industry-leading reliability.”
Lancair is a leader in the experimental aircraft market, making EAA AirVenture a fitting venue to mark this agreement. With the Evolution, the company has also pioneered the owner builder-assembled “digital kit”, making this contract a testament to not only the PT6 engine’s dependability, but also its continued presence at the fore of innovation. "Our goal with the PT6 has always been to provide operators with unmatched dependability, dispatch reliability and ease of maintenance,” said Denis Parisien, Vice President, General Aviation at P&WC. “The engine is so successful because we’ve never wavered from that vision, and this is in large part due to the fact that we’ve consistently invested in new technology over the course of its history. This agreement with Lancair shows that it drives us today just as it did 50 years ago."