New Extra Joins The Party

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While many exhibitors attempt to make the grand entrance into the static display area, Extra Aircraft took things a step further. Walter Extra himself flew the brand-new EA-500 to the convention's static display area at Orlando Executive airport. This marks the first public viewing of the new high-wing executive aircraft and a first for Extra since its reorganization. The EA-500 utilizes the EA-400 airframe, and is powered by the Rolls Royce 450 hp model 250-B17F/2 engine with a MT Propeller five-bladed, reversible, composite prop. Company officials recently announced the resumption of work at its Frankfurt facility and jumpstart of stalled work when new ownership came into Extra aircraft's picture. Aside from the EA500, the company will continue to produce the EA400 and EA300 aerobatic aircraft.