Frequently Asked Questions


General

1Can I take a Lancair Demo Flight?
Yes, you can. If you are interested in taking a Lancair demo flight, please fill out the waiver form and fax it back to Lancair. Please contact the Lancair sales team for schedules and pricing information.
2How do I transfer ownership of a Lancair?
When a customer purchases a previously owned Lancair aircraft, either in kit form or as a flying aircraft, transfer of ownership can not be done until the following information has been received at Lancair:
  1. A copy of the Bill of Sale showing:
    • Names of seller and purchaser
    • Current addresses, phone numbers and email address of both seller & purchaser
    • Date the transaction occurred
  2. A completed Resale Agreement and $300 transfer fee to Lancair. This fee will be applied as a credit to an account in Kit Components Inc. to use for future purchases.
  3. A copy of the Bill of Sale showing:
After these documents and transfer fee have been received an information packet will be sent to the new owner confirming ownership transfer.
3Where can I stay when visiting Lancair?
There are several local and nearby options when visiting the Lancair facilities. Please contact the facility directly with questions and requests for reservations. There are also a number of qualified people that can assist with the completion of your Lancair. Due to the FAA’s 51% rule, you cannot have your Lancair built for you; however, you can get assistance with the firewall-forward installation, wiring and avionics, paint and upholstery. Contact us for more information.
4Is it easy to build a Lancair aircraft?
Yes it is. In fact, building a Lancair Kit is much easier than ever before! If someone is good with their hands, then they are a good candidate to build one of our custom aircraft. We complete a majority of each kit’s structural components for you at the factory, and we are now offering an extensive Builder Assist Program for each airplane. The customer will visit our facility and start building their own Lancair, one-on-one with one of our qualified Lancair technicians. The Builder Assist Program varies for each model of aircraft we offer.
5How long does it take to build a Lancair airframe?
It takes about:700-1000 hours to build the Legacy, 500 hours to build the Legacy FG, 1300-1500 hours to build the Lancair ES, 1300-1500 hours to build the Lancair IV and 1500-1700 hours to build the Lancair IV-P/Propjet/Sentry. These hours do not include firewall forward installation, electrical, paint or upholstery.
6How do I get started on a Lancair kit?
A 50% deposit will secure the kit price and a delivery position. Deposits vary per kit. Once the deposit is taken, customers have 9 months to take delivery of their kit at the original price. If delivery is not taken after 9 months, the customer has another 9 months to take delivery at a price based on the anticipated delivery date. 3-weeks prior to the customer arriving at our facility for the Builder Assist Program, full payment for the kit and accessories is due.
7Does the price include the engine?
No. The kit includes all the major components of the airframe; but no engine, propeller, avionics, paint or interior. Everything you need to complete your airplane can be purchased through Lancair, Kit Components Inc. or Lancair Avionics Inc. except for paint and upholstery. Visit www.kitcomponents.com or www.lancairavionics.com for more information on the entire selection of quality Lancair accessories.
8Can we come visit the factory?
Yes. We encourage people to come and visit us at Lancair. Tours of the facility are available by appointment. Demonstration flights are available for a fee. Lancair is located in south Texas at Garner Field Airport (UVA) in Uvalde, Texas. San Antonio International Airport (SAT) is nearby, and is served by all major airlines.
9How much room do I need to build a Lancair?
A two-car garage is suitable for the Lancair Legacy. However, a larger three-car garage would be best for the Lancair Evolution, ES or Lancair IV / IV-P / Propjets. The wings on our aircraft are removable for transportation. This allows for full assembly when away from the airport and partial dis-assembly for transportation to the airport for flight. Removing the wings frequently is not recommended.
10What kind of safety record does Lancair have?
Lancair has an excellent safety record. Our reputation for quality aircraft and practical designs was built by the same people who build and fly our planes. Our commitment to your safety and to the safe assembly and operation of your Lancair is the foundation of our Builder Assist Program and the new High Performance Flight Training Program. Leading the industry in airframe design, hands-on construction opportunities and top notch safety helps our motto run true: "Into the air faster, back to Earth safer."
11How much will this airplane really cost me once I have finished?
Total costs to complete can vary for each model and optional custom details, however, the following estimates are common:
Lancair Legacy Fixed Gear: $125,000 - $150,000;
Lancair Legacy: $175,000 - $225,000;
Lancair Super ES: $225,000 - $275,000;
Lancair IV: $275,000 - $325,000;
Lancair IV-P: $350,000 - $400,000;
and the
Propjet/Sentry: $400,000 - $450,000.
12Do you offer any flight training or aircraft checkouts?
Elite Pilot Services has been contracted by Lancair to provide flight training and recurrent training in either the customer's airplane or in one of our factory demonstrator aircraft. We require each pilot to be current and have a high-performance/complex sign-off.
13Do you have a test flight program or option?
Yes. When your kit is ready for flight we have several Lancair representatives that can come to your location. The pilot, who has been trained and certified by High Performance Training Inc., will do a final inspection and then a first flight. After phase 1 sign-off he will then be allowed take you up in your new airplane.
14Is insurance available?
Yes. We have developed relationships with insurance providers to ensure that our airplanes are safe and our pilots are properly certified and trained. Our commitment to our customers and our aircraft goes beyond the showroom floor. Please ask us about available discounts for new customers who complete their flight training through High Performance Aircraft Training Inc. Rates are even more affordable when clients successfully complete a ground school training program.
15Do you have custom instrument packages available?
Yes. Lancair Avionics Inc., our in-house avionics shop, can build custom pre-wired instrument panels to your specifications and unique style. See www.lancairavionics.com for more information.
16Do you offer Builder Assistance?
Yes. Lancair offers a Builder Assist Program for all of our aircraft. This program varies for each of our custom models. The customer can spend up to 10 weeks with us in our facility building their own Lancair aircraft. We offer hands-on technical assistance with our trained technicians and one-on-one guidance during this build time. With our program, a Lancair Legacy-Fixed Gear construction project can be completed in as little as 10 weeks! Our Builder Assist Program can help you get the Lancair ES/ES-P/IV/IV-P/Propjet completed in 26 weeks or less. The cost for the builder assist program is $4,000.00 per week.

Lancair MAKO

1What is the cost for a Mako?
The basic Mako kit is $127,500. The completed aircraft cost will be a function of the engine selection, avionics package, airframe options and the level of finish you choose. We expect a completed Mako to run from $350,000 to a maximum of about $500,000 fully optioned with turbocharged engine.
2How do I reserve a position for a Mako?
Contact Lancair Sales at 866-LANCAIR (866-526-2247) to discuss the customized configuration of your Mako. Once you are ready to commit to a production position, your Lancair sales associate will tailor a funding plan designed to meet your requirements. Once in agreement, a deposit and signed contract will lock in a production position.
3Will there be financing for the Mako?
We will work with aircraft lending institutions to provide financing options for the Mako. Alternatively, we will offer a graduated payment schedule and sub-kits to spread the cost over time.
4Will you deliver the Mako as a kit to be completed away from the Lancair factory?
Yes, once the critical components* are assembled in our factory, you are free to take the kit away to be completed elsewhere. (* Please see FAQ #5, below)
5What “critical” components must be assembled at Lancair?
In order to ensure quality, safety and performance of your Mako we will require that, at a minimum, certain primary structures must be assembled in the factory fixtures. These include the wing, horizontal and vertical stabilizer skin bonding to the spars, the mating of the wing, horizontal and vertical stabilizers to the fuselage and alignment of the gear and engine mount to the aircraft.
6How long must I plan for the assembly of critical components?
The Builder Assistance Center at the Lancair factory will make your visit educational, enjoyable and very efficient. In as little as two weeks you can complete the Lancair required critical assembly.
7Where are the Lancair facilities?
Lancair’s headquarters, manufacturing / production facility and Builders Assistance Center is located in Uvalde, Texas at the Garner Municipal Airport (KUVA). Nearby is Old Mexico, the Texas Hill Country and San Antonio, offering a wide variety of experiences while in Uvalde.
8How long will it take to complete a Mako and be flying?
A Mako can be fully built and ready to fly in as little as 6 months. The actual build time will depend on the builder’s schedule and abilities.
9Can Lancair provide completion services such as paint, interior and avionics?
Once the critical components are assembled at Lancair you can leave the aircraft here for completion including paint, interior and avionics.
10Why should I consider a Mako over a Cirrus or TTx?
Performance of the Mako exceeds either of these at a fraction of the cost. The joy of building the aircraft and knowing every component is immensely pleasing and being able to maintain it yourself will substantially reduce the cost of operation.
11Why is the nose gear retractable?
A retractable nose gear is offered as an option, to improve aerodynamic performance. This option adds another 10 to 12 knots of cruise speed with the nose gear tucked away. Although the pilot can override it, gear operation is fully automatic, based on a number of parameters including speed and GPS altitude.
12What other features does the Mako include that are new?
In addition to the retractable nose gear, the Mako offers a right side entry door (optional) and a center mounted control stick (optional). With both of these installed you have the choice of piloting the aircraft from either side depending on what hand you want the control stick in (there will be throttles on both sidewalls). Mako features also include a new design electric Freon air-conditioner (optional), a ballistic recovery parachute (optional), Lycoming and Continental engine options and optional 109 gallon extended-range fuel tank.
13Where can I get flight training for the Mako?
Lancair will work with the LOBO to create a Mako specific syllabus and the network of LOBO approved instructors to offer both initial and recurrent training in your Mako.

Lancair MAKO Engine Options

1How does the Normally Aspirated Mako differ from the Turbocharged Mako?
Both aircraft are virtually identical from the firewall aft. All structure, materials, controls, and systems are the same. The wings are identical as are the fuel tanks. Everything from the firewall forward is suited specifically for the power plant used.
2What about the panel and Avionics?
The standard avionics suite for both versions is the Garmin G3X Touch, with ADS-B, WAAS and SVT (Synthetic Vision). Although builders are, of course, free to select other avionics systems, we have found the G3X to be the most capable and cost-effective system currently available.
3How does the performance differ between Normally Aspirated and Turbo?
The standard Mako with the Lycoming IO-540 or Continental IO-550 engine normally cruises at 190 KTAS at 12,000 ft, burning 14 gallons per hour. Maximum range is 1400 NM. The turbocharged versions will cruise at 230 KTAS at 25,000 ft. Please see our performance chart to see how the Mako versions stack up to each other and to comparable certified aircraft.