Extra Aircraft Designs Specialty Aircraft For Goulian
Extra Aircraft recently
unveiled its newest design, the Extra 300SHP, an evolutionary
performance upgrade based on the world-class single-seat model 300S
which debuted in 1992.
The 300SHP is the brainchild of Walter Extra and his design team
based in Dinslaken, Germany. Extra Aircraft collaborated with U.S.
Aerobatic Champion and top airshow performer Michael Goulian late
last year to create a “next generation” aircraft. The
goal was to showcase the capabilities of the leading-edge
manufacturer and to push the performance envelope to new
“To achieve the large performance increase desired, we had
to refine every last item in the aircraft with the intent of
lightening the plane without sacrificing the strength of the
machine,” said Walter Extra, founder of Extra Aircraft.
“We take pride in the fact that an Extra has never
suffered a structural in-flight failure.”
While almost all major components were affected by the makeover,
care was taken to retain Walter’s original design signature
with respect to its contour and handling. The sleek canopy and
stylish design of the new cowling and tail distinguish this
aircraft from its EA-300S cousin.
In addition to freeing the airframe of more than 100 pounds,
Extra moved the CG aft for increased maneuverability and decreased
stability, a desirable trait in a high-performance unlimited
aerobatic machine. With an eye toward creating spectacular tumbling
figures for the pilots capable of such maneuvers, there was a
complete redesign of the tail.
Putting the finishing touches on this collaboration, Lycoming
provided one of the first high-performance engines out of its new
“skunk works” performance shop, Thunderbolt Engines.
The cowling of Goulian’s one-of-a-kind EA-300SHP will harness
a 350HP Thunderbolt, Reno 580 engine.
“This aircraft will be a supreme performer in the
aerobatic and airshow world,” said aerobatic pilot Michael
Goulian. “I am looking forward to seeing just what this baby
Although not originally designed as a race aircraft, the new
EA-300SHP premiered in Berlin on Saturday, May 27, at the Red Bull
Air Races. It will make its U.S. debut at EAA Airventure Oshkosh
2006 starting Monday, July 24.
Extra Aircraft is a premier aircraft manufacturing company
headquartered in Lancaster, Pa., with a manufacturing plant in
Germany. Founded in the 1980s by veteran aerobatic pilot Walter
Extra, Extra Aircraft became a U.S.-owned and -operated company in
2003. The Extra product line includes six highly specialized
models: the EA-200, EA-300L, EA-300S, and EA-300LP aerobatic
aircraft, as well as the EA-400 and EA-500, business and touring