Here’s another quick update from new friend, Mike Friend, who is covering Aero along with Roy Beisswenger. I so appreciate these two gentlemen assisting with this wonderful show that I’m having to miss. Fortunately, we are furiously making new videos at Sun ‘n Fun and I am gathering more story material for this website. —DJ
Chip Erwin is at it again! Unlike Dan Johnson, Chip Erwin decided to skip Sun ‘n Fun and come to Aero 2017. Aeromarine is going to introduce a fun new retro Sportster for the price of a ground-bound Harley Davidson.
Crowds have been flocking around the charming little single seater powered by the Czech Verner Scarlett 5 cylinder motor of 80 horsepower. With an open canopy and an empty weight of 440 pounds or 200 kilograms, Sportster should prove to be a real retro rocket ride.
Chip is thinking he will be able to offer the airplane next year for $35,000 including a two week builder assist program at his Florida base. Basically this is his PSA Merlin with a low wing. The structure is simple and robust.
It appears perfect for those sunny flying days in Florida as you see it in the photo. A sliding canopy will be available for colder climes. Forecast: fun flying ahead!