Taylorcraft Heads To Brownsville

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They were cutting-edge in 1935, and now "new" Taylorcrafts are on the vanguard of the light sport aircraft (LSA) category. Resumption of production of the venerable taildragger, which were churned out at the rate of 30 a day (yes, each day of peak production, according to the company) in 1946, was granted in 2004 and the new firm is planning a production facility in Brownsville, Texas, at the site of a former bus factory. Although the company can produce fully certified aircraft under the original type certificate, most Taylorcrafts meet the weight and performance standards for LSA so it's also planning to build S-LSA (factory-finished) aircraft for Sport Pilot ticket holders and sell them for near $60,000. In a newsletter on the company Web site, owner Harry Ingram said the past year has been spent adapting modern materials (and getting them FAA-approved) for construction of the legendary design. They will come with certified 0-200 engines and the LSA version will cost $70,000, the LSA plane $60,000.