Roomy Four-Door High Wing Debuts at Sun 'n Fun

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Newly formed VX Aerospace make the trek to the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In Lakeland, Fla., this week to show off its four-seat FX-300 kitbuilt airplane. The new design -- which has roots in the former Four Winds FX-10 -- incorporates a composite fuselage, chrome-moly steel cage and a strut-less, high-performance composite high wing. According to VX Aerospace, the FX-300 is the only four-seat, four-door aircraft on the market. The kit price is $88,000, not including either a 260-hp Lycoming IO-540 or Continental IO-550 engine. Buyers can take advantage of the builder-assist program to complete their FX-300 in about 90 days. A production airplane started flying last month and has already logged about 35 hours. VX Aerospace President Raymond Jones said a certified version should be available in about 18 months, though pricing for this version has not yet been determined.

The company, which recently chose Morganton, N.C., as its new home, is also a dealer and builder-assist center for the Ravin 500, which is an all-composite, kitplane version of the Commanche with a new wing section and a Lycoming IO-540 engine.