February 21, 2013 - Just Aircraft Company recently completed flight testing on its new Highlander SuperStol model, which can be built from a kit in the experimental amateur-built or light-sport aircraft categories.
The SuperStol's upgraded design features a new slatted wing and a virtually indestructible landing gear that can accommodate 29-inch tundra tires. With the improved landing gear features and long strut air shocks, it can handle aggressive off-airport landings. The SuperStol also has an empty weight of 720 pounds, giving it a useful load capability of 600 pounds.
"The new slatted wing has significantly enhanced the performance numbers and slow flight control," said Troy Woodland, design engineer. "This provides access to considerably more off-airport landing sites, making the SuperStol one of the most versatile backcountry machines out there."
The wing slats, when combined with the large Fowler flaps, allow the aircraft to be flown at extremely high angles of attack, permitting it to "drop" into small or inclined clearings.
With the new wing configuration, the Highlander will cruise at 110 mph, land at 32 mph, and take off or land with as little as 150 feet of runway.
Just Aircraft Company has shipped more than 300 Highlander kits in the United States and abroad. All existing Highlanders can be retrofitted with the new folding SuperStol wing. They can be built in tailwheel or as a tri-gear configuration, and can be fitted with regular wheels, tundra tires, skis, or floats.
For more information, visit the Just Aircraft website or call 864-718-0320.