Mon, Jul 04, 2005
Vista, Varlet, Valor
Spectrum Aircraft Corporation is working with Aeroprakt in
developing LSA (Light-Sport Aircraft) versions of the A-20 and A-22
for FAA certification, and production in the United States.
"Both the A-20 and A-22 are unique, LSA-qualified designs,
" said John Hunter, President of Spectrum. "The tandem A-20 'Vista
Cruiser' has exceptional all-around performance and handling. The
shorter winged, 100 hp A-20 'Varlet' handles even better and
cruises at the maximum allowable LSA speed of 138 mph."
Aeroprakt has enjoyed record sales worldwide for the two
single-engine designs and their delivery backlog currently exceeds
12 months. Aeroprakt is in the process of expanding production by
100 percent in the fall of 2005 to 80 units annually.
Aeroprakt has delivered over 150 of the aircraft, in over a dozen
"The side-by-side A-22 'Valor' is a superb trainer that is
exceedingly easy to fly." said Hunter. "My 13-year-old son Evan
learned to take off, fly & land the A-22 competently after just
3 hours of flight time and very little prior flight experience! The
US-spec, short-wing Valor has a 34 mph stall speed, yet cruises at
110 mph on just 80 hp. It has exceptional visibility for aircraft
of its type - and the doors are easily removed for flight."
Spectrum has determined that both designs can be produced in the
United States at competitive prices by using subassemblies built in
Europe, and maintains that both designs are well proven for
safety and durability. An early version of the A-20 was the
European World Microlight Champion in 2002. In the past 5 years
Spectrum has sold and delivered 30 Aeroprakts in the US and
Central America, registered as "Experimental".
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