Liberty XL2, Piper-Germany Seek To Capitalize On Economy

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Liberty Aerospace, which promotes its XL2 as the only FAA-certified piston-engine aircraft equipped with FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control), has entered a distributorship agreement with Piper-Germany, which will sell and distribute the Liberty XL2 in Germany, Austria and the U.K. Liberty said in a press release that it "looks forward to continued exponential growth in both national and international markets," and hopes to capitalize on current economic conditions by offering the XL2, which it calls "the most economical IFR certified aircraft in production." Liberty says it has done very well this year and made the move to address a "need to increase its sales and support structure overseas." Together, Liberty and Piper-Germany will focus on marketing the XL2 to the two-seat training/touring market.

The XL2 is an 1160-pound (empty) low-wing aircraft powered by a digitally controlled 125-hp Continental engine. It has a 590-pound useful load, a maximum cruise speed of 125 knots and a maximum range of 588 nm burning 4.7 gallons per hour at 105 knots.