Aero-TV: The Lancair Factory - Where High Performance Begins
Kim Lorentzen Provides a Tour of Lancair's Redmond Facility
As composite structures began to emerge in the late 1970s, Lance Neibauer's
aviation interest quickly went from hobby to inspiration; having graduated
with a BFA in Graphic Design, Neibauer believed he could develop a sleekly
designed aircraft that optimized both performance and handling. The
resulting Lancair 200 made its aviation debut in 1984, premiering for
Oshkosh attendees the following year. Exhibiting such advancement, the
Lancair 200 is now displayed at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)
Museum in Oshkosh, WI.
The Lancair team became synonymous with innovative aircraft, including the
Lancair 320/360, whose unprecedented design and beauty earned a display
place at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 1993, Neibauer
launched Pacific Aviation Composites USA (later renamed 'Columbia
Aircraft'), eventually developing the type-certificated, piston
single-engine Columbia 300. In February of 2003, Neibauer announced the
sale of his kit company to Joseph Bartels. Since the sale, Bartels has led
the company forward with Neibauers legacy, developing the new Lancair
Today the company offers seven Fastbuild kits: The Lancair Legacy Fixed
Gear, Lancair Legacy, Lancair ES, Lancair ES-P, Lancair IV, Lancair IV-P,
and the Lancair Evolution. Located at the Redmond, OR airport, Lancair
International operates a 38,000 square-foot facility featuring full service
maintenance and builder assist programs; the builder assist program allows
Lancair customers to receive hands-on technical assistance and guidance
throughout their aircraft build. Currently, the program is offered for all
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Aero-TV: Introducing The RV-14 - Maturing The 'RV' Equation
Surprise Hit of Oshkosh Represents Van's Continuing Design Evolution
The newest airplane from Van's Aircraft continues and improves on the
legacy of the most successful side-by-side two-seat kit aircraft in
history: Van's RV-6, RV-7, RV-9 and RV-12. But Vans says the RV-14 is
The RV-14 sits tall. The upright seating position and large bubble canopy
provide superb visibility in all directions. The large cabin (as wide as
many four-seat airplanes) is truly roomy. Lots of headroom, lots of
legroom, lots of room between the seats. Big people will like this
The relatively long wing uses the proprietary airfoil that's proved so
successful on the RV-10. The wing is constant-chord and constant thickness,
so it's easy to build and completely predictable in flight. Big slotted
flaps keep landing speeds low.
RV-14 structure is typical of all RVs — and most production aircraft, for
that matter. It is a monocoque aluminum airframe held together with rivets.
This method has been the standard in aircraft construction for almost
seventy years. It is very difficult to beat the combination of light
weight, structural integrity, simplicity and affordability that aluminum
The RV-14 cabin accommodates full-sized adults — in fact, the basic idea
was to provide RV-10 room and comfort in a two-seat airplane. The results
are impressive. Both seats will hold people at least 6'4" tall and provide
them with truly comfortable leg and headroom.
Vans says they expect RV-14 wing kits (which will work for either tailwheel
or nosewheel versions) to become available in the autumn of 2012. These
will include everything necessary for a complete set of wings: fuel tanks,
control surfaces, completely assembled spars, molded wingtips, etc. The
price is yet to be determined, but a preliminary estimate is around
$9000.00. After that, empennage, fuselage, and finishing kits will be
released in due course.
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First Flight of Millin Velocity N114MV
Inaugural flight of our Velocity XL/FG. The aircraft took 12 years to
complete. I am a slow builder.
Many, many thanks to my good friends that helped me along the way. It has
been an incredible journey.
Flying the TYRO recreational (ultralight) aircraft
Wing mounted camera views of the Australian designed home built TYRO
recreational (ultralight) aircraft. Recorded with a HD camera featuring a
170 degree wide angle lens for spectacular views of the pilot, aircraft and
Factory Tour: CubCrafters' Carbon Cub
CubCrafters' Carbon Cub EX may look old-timey on the outside, but it's
high-tech on the inside, not just in the materials used but in the
production processes. CubCrafters' Mitch Travis takes KITPLANES on an
exclusive tour of the company's Yakima, Washington, factory.
Glasair Aviation's Mikael Via introduces the new turbocharged, carbon-fiber-bodied Sportsman TC at
Legend Flight 2010.m4v
Flight in a Turbine Legend Experimental Homebuilt aircraft. Aerobatics,
acrobatics, rolls, loops.