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ByDanJohnson.com: Art-Engineering Fusion in the Shark
31/08/2007
ByDanJohnson.comRecognize that tail? You've seen it twice before on designs that earned Special Light-Sport Aircraft approval: Interplane's Skyboy and FlyItalia's Sport Rider. Designer Jaro Dostal's signature is the shark fin vertical stabilizer. Skyboy is sold in the U.S. by LSA America. SportRider (MD-3 Rider in Europe) is not presently available in the USA. *** Now from the fertile mind of Dostal comes the Shark. It will be produced by Comp-Let, a producer of composite parts for many companies including Diamond, Aeropro, and FK Lightplanes. Jaro's design bureau is leading the development effort.

"SportShark will fit LSA rules with a larger wing, simpler flaps, fixed landing gear and prop," declared Comp-Let. "We are finishing the aerodynamic design calculations (forces, structure, stability). Designers prepared a cockpit mockup. We have started to work on a fuselage model. The plan is to fly a prototype by spring 2008. Serial production will start gradually by summer." Shark is but one example of a new LSA as the industry continues its acceleration. Keep clicking ByDanJohnson.com for more...

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