Fri, Jan 22, 2010
New Aircraft Built Under Original FAA Typer Certificate
The folks at WACO Classic tell ANN that they are nearing
certification of their D-model aircraft based on a half-century old
design. The WACO Classic YMF 5-D sports a larger engine, electronic
engine instruments, and an MT Taper Tip Propeller.
The Battle Creek, Michigan company first flew the D model in
October. The company says the demo airplane is now available for
test flights at their factory.
Claiming to be the only company producing a 1930's era biplane
to current FAA and EASA standards, WACO Classic Chief test pilot
Carl Dye wrote late last year that says the YMF 5-D has shown
improvements in climb, cruise, and fuel consumption as compared the
"C" model. Dye said the improved performance was largely the
result of the very efficient propeller blade design.
The WACO was originally built in Troy, Ohio, and according to
the WACO Air Museum was the leading civilian aircraft manufacturer
from 1928-1935. The Company began in 1921 as the Weaver Aircraft
Company, and the name was changed to WACO aircraft company in 1929.
The WACO Classic Aircraft Corporation rolled its first airplane, a
YMF Classic, in 1986.
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