Husky News For Aviat Aircraft
Aviat Aircraft has announced it has received FAA certification
requirements for the Husky A-1B200, equipped with a fuel-injected
IO-360 Lycoming engine rated at 200 horsepower. The powerplant also
includes dual exhaust and dual oil coolers that are kept cool
through a new cowl flap -- which allows the A-1B200 to climb from
sea level to 10,000’ at best rate of climb, without any
"Essentially, the A-1B200 extends the STOL envelope for the
Husky," said Aviat President Stu Horn. "It gets off faster, climbs
faster, cruises faster and lands in the same short distance. This
aircraft lives for its cool, high altitude climb performance.
It’s what the market asked for and we’re pleased to
provide it with unparalleled STOL performance."
Perhaps even more astounding than the new model's 8 kts.-faster
top speed at 7500' over the standard husky, or its initial climb
rate from sea level of 1700 fpm at gross weight, is the fact the
new Husky accomplished all of its test figures on 31" tundra tires
(think of the extra drag involved...)
While at 10,000’ the A-1B200 will continue to climb at 300
fpm above the climb rate for the standard 180 hp Husky, according
to a company release. The speed range for this model is 45 mph to
145 mph, and has a 700 mile range.
The A-1B200 also
has the new, extended flaps, and high performance ailerons which
are dynamically balanced, eliminating the need for spades and which
increases the roll rate by 50 percent.
The manufacturer also announced their second new model variation
of the popular Husky A-1B, the Husky A-1B160. The second model
utilizes a Lycoming O-320 engine developing 160
The A-1B160 features a 1,000-mile range on full tanks, 750-lbs
of useful load, and the same 100-knot speed range as the
"There’s no question that some people are perfectly
satisfied with the lower horsepower and lower operating costs of a
160 hp Husky," said Horn. "Basically, the owner gets the same
quality, similar performance and the same factory warranty.
It’s still a Husky."
Last but not least, the new 2005 model of the manufacturer's
original Husky A-1B features completely new ailerons with enhanced
performance, as well as a larger percent span flap and flap control
According to Husky, the new ailerons increase roll rates by 50
percent while also reducing stick force pressures to about 4 lbs.
The ailerons also match the appearance of those on larger models,
by eliminating the aerodynamic "spades" seen on other aircraft of
The new, larger flap is the same semi-fowler slotted flap that
has always been used on Huskys, but featuring extended flap area
running along the span of the wing. A beefier flap hinge and flap
control system was also added for durability and reliability.
"These changes results in a significantly reduced pilot work
load while maneuvering at low airspeeds. The pilot’s legs
hardly have to work the rudder controls to maintain coordination.
This gives the new model Husky much more capability, versatility
and a very nimble and responsive feel," said a Husky press