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World Aircraft to Introduce Spirit LSA at AirVenture 2011


Eric Giles, who got his start in light-sport aircraft (LSA) by importing the Savannah and Rampage airplanes from Italy for Skykits Corporation, has announced the formation of a new venture – the World Aircraft Company, which will introduce a new LSA called the Spirit at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011. The Spirit is the culmination of 45 years of aircraft design by MIT-trained aeronautical engineer Max Tedesco who is based in Colombia, South America.

Eric saw the design and liked it so much that he decided to form an equal partnership with Max to bring the airplane to the world. Thus was born the World Aircraft Company, aptly named because the plane is intended for the world market. It was designed and tested for even higher gross weights than are allowed for U.S. LSA. The all-metal monocoque design has speed, a good payload, and still gives STOL performance.

Eric said it’s great to have the actual designer of the airplane as a full partner in the business because of the support for the airplane and the fact that small changes can be made quickly and easily. The basic airframe will come from Colombia, but the aircraft will be assembled at his 22,000-square-foot manufacturing facility at the Henry County Airport in Paris, Tennessee.

Besides the factory-built special light-sport aircraft version, they will offer three different experimental light-sport aircraft kits. One is 80 percent completed, the next is fully completed, and the third is fully completed and painted. The kit airplanes are then disassembled for crating and shipping. Eric said the paint option is significant because he has a paint facility at his plant that would be the envy of much larger manufacturers. 

You can see the completed flying aircraft, a partially completed kit, and their new lightweight carbon-fiber and Kevlar floats on display at AirVenture in Booth 260 which is near the south end of Hangar B. Max will also be on hand to answer questions. See the inside back cover of your AirVenture 2011Commemorative Souvenir Program for more details. The website for the new company is www.WorldAircraftCo.com, and the phone number is 731-642-1995. The following specifications are preliminary only.

Cabin width: 48.3 inches 
Cabin height: 44.49 inches 
Cruise 70 percent power: 124 mph
Max cruise: 134 mph
Velocity never exceed: 143 mph 
Stall with flaps 35 mph; clean: 40 mph 
Landing distance: 148 feet
Takeoff distance: 262 feet 
Wingspan: 32 feet, 9 inches
Wing chord: 49.5 inches
Wing area: 132.4 square feet 
Fuselage length: 22 feet, 4 inches
Fuel capacity: 24 gallons; optional: 34 gallons 
Weight gross: 1,320 pounds
Weight full fuel: 728 pounds
Payload with full fuel: 592 pounds 
All above specs with 100-hp Rotax 912 ULS engine  
Also can use Continental or Lycoming engines


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