Evektor Flies SuperCobra

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Evektor flew its new SuperCobra for the first time last week, from its base in the Czech Republic. The all-metal single-engine four-seater features retractable landing gear and is powered by a 315-hp Lycoming IO-580A1B. "It's a real predator in the sky," said test pilot Josef Charvat. "It will be a fantastic pilot touring airplane." The airplane is an upgrade of Evektor's 200-hp model, the VUT100 Cobra. The SuperCobra is designed to reach a top cruise speed of 175 knots, with a range of 1,000 nm and useful load of 1,260 pounds. The cabin is the widest in its class, the company says, and a glass cockpit is standard. Evektor hopes to achieve EASA and FAA certification in early 2008. Certification is still pending for the Cobra model, but is expected by late next year. The Cobra will be on display next year at Germany's Aero in Friedrichshafen and EAA's AirVenture in Oshkosh.