Lancair Brand Under New Ownership
Lancair International announced last summer it would sell off its older designs and focus on its newer Evolution aircraft, and recently the company, now known as Evolution Aircraft Company, said it has found a buyer. Mark Huffstutler, founder of the aircraft modification firm Sierra Industries, based in Texas, and his son Conrad Huffstutler will assume all assets, intellectual designs and ongoing support for all the older Lancair kit models, including the 320/360, IV, IV-P, ES and Legacy aircraft. Kevin Eldredge, president of Evolution Aircraft, said in a news release he spent more than eight months interviewing potential buyers for the Lancair assets. “Mark Huffstutler and his team represent our perfect vision for re-igniting the Lancair brand and supporting the thousands of kit customers we have developed over 35 years,” Eldredge said.
From its new base in Texas, the new Lancair company plans to offer aircraft owners full support, including parts, technical assistance, documentation, maintenance, repairs and inspections for Lancair and other experimental aircraft. In addition, owners and kit builders can access onsite facilities for maintenance, avionics, paint and interior completion. Future plans include the resumption of aircraft manufacturing and the introduction of new designs, according to the news release. All inventories, production fixtures and support materials from Redmond, Oregon, are presently being moved to Huffstutler’s facilities at Garner Field (KUVA) in Uvalde, Texas. The company also will bring the assets and inventory from Lancair’s facilities in the Philippines back to the United States.