Texas Aircraft Delivers First Colt


Texas Aircraft Manufacturing announced that it has delivered its first Colt-SL S-LSA. The aircraft went to University of Florida nuclear engineering student Richard Youschak of Gainesville, Florida, and featured a University of Florida “Gator”-inspired orange and blue paint scheme. Texas Aircraft introduced the Colt at AirVenture 2019.

“I cannot express how happy and proud I am of our entire team,” said Texas Aircraft Manufacturing co-founder Matheus Grande. “Just a year ago, the Colt S-LSA was still in development, and we had just opened the doors at our facility here in Hondo, Texas. To be here today and to deliver our first Texas-built Colt is truly a blessing.”

The Colt-SL is powered by a 100-HP Rotax 912 ULS engine. It cruises at 105 knots and comes equipped with the Dynon SkyView HDX, Dynon autopilot and whole-airframe parachute. As shown in the video below, AVweb’s Paul Bertorelli flight trialed the Colt at the company’s headquarters in Hondo, Texas, last August.

Kate O’Connor works as AVweb's Editor-in-Chief. She is a private pilot, certificated aircraft dispatcher, and graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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