Sam LS: Modern Retro LSA Takes Shape
Unveiled at Sebring and expected to show at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012, the Sam LS from HAIM Aviation Inc. is a modern LSA design that looks like a WWII trainer, but promises economy, comfort, reliability, and reparability. Company founder Thierry Zibi said, "I want people to know that the Sam LS project is real-it's not just the dream of some guy with a computer."
The new design is taking shape but changing fast, as the conforming prototype takes place near Montréal, in Québec, Canada. The semimonocoque aluminum design with a 4130 steel protective cockpit cage is a classic-looking tandem low-wing tricycle-gear monoplane that can accommodate two pilots, each 6 feet, 6 inches tall. Single-pilot operations (from the front seat) take advantage of the glass cockpit with its 10-inch Dynon Skyview, 100-hp Rotax 912S engine and a composite ground-adjustable Sensenich prop.
One of the versatile features of the design is its ability to carry any of three different outboard wing designs so that individual owners can choose to optimize cross-country, short-field, or high-lift characteristics. The Sam LS will meet LSA and the Canadian AULA standards with any of the wing configurations and can be flown with open or closed canopy.
Sam LS prototype under construction
Thierry Zibi, who served in the French Air Force and is a U.S.-degreed MBA, founded HAIM Aviation to produce "...an airplane that marries the thrill of yesterday's style to today's convenience, performance, and reliability. The Sam LS will be economical to fly and maintain; its performance will match the class limits; and its utility is concealed by its striking retro looks.
"It is both practical and unique, appealing to pilots who love to fly and who want to fly something 'cool,' an important factor that's simply left out of common light-sport aircraft." The HAIM Aviation team worked hard to achieve a good balance between weight and occupant protection, a perennial question in structure design. "The cage-in-monocoque system of the Sam LS demonstrates an elegant answer," said Thierry.
Acknowledging that it is unusual to show a project in progress rather than to simply sell the completed item, he continued, "I want people to know that the Sam LS project is real-it's not just the dream of 'some guy with a computer.' I want enthusiasts to follow our progress, to ask questions, to get involved all along the way-to become part of our team."
The Sam LS will be unveiled at Oshkosh 2012. Introductory price of the ready-to-fly version will be U.S. $135,000. Go to www.Haim-Aviation.com for more information or call 514-445-6409. Follow the construction progress of the prototype in the Haim Aviation Facebook page.