Lancair Evolution In Gear-Up Mishap

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Lancair International says serial number 01 of its Evolution Turbine kit speedster will be back on tour within a week after a gear up landing at Northeast Georgia Regional Airport, near Winder, Ga. In a news release Monday, Lancair said the aircraft suffered "minor" damage to its rudder and tail cone in the mishap and technicians were dispatched immediately with all the tools and supplies needed to get the plane fixed and back in the air. "True to the nature of high strength composites the damage is expected to be fully repaired in three to five days, the company said. Company pilot Bob Jeffrey was flying at the time.

The aircraft will resume a promotional tour that will end at EAA AirVenture in late July. The turbine Evolution will be joined in Oshkosh by the piston-powered version of the aircraft, which is powered by a Lycoming IE2. It will be the first public appearance of the piston model.

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See video of the Evolution's debut at Sun 'n Fun 2008 here.