Lancair Evolution Flies To Sun 'n Fun

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Perhaps the most technologically advanced kit aircraft created to date is on display at the "Lancair Village" in the Sun 'n Fun exhibit area. Lancair General Manager Tim Ong flew the prototype of the Evolution to Lakeland from the company headquarters in Redmond, Ore. "This thing's a rocket," he told about a dozen staff members who'd anxiously awaited the arrival of the PT-6-powered aircraft. Ong said he cruised at 240 knots with the engine throttled back. High power testing is still to come on the aircraft, which had its first flight in early March. And while the aircraft was built around speed, there are a variety of comforts that high-end builders will enjoy.

The three-screen panel offers everything expected of a modern avionics system but the middle display is a touch screen that controls a variety of non- essential systems and provides warnings when something essential isn't working. A plushly functional interior is surprisingly roomy for a performance-oriented aircraft and despite its sleek lines is four inches wider than other Lancair offerings. The aircraft will be on display all week.

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