As Day Three arrived, blue skies returned to Sebring after a damp start on Day Two and with them came the best crowds of pilots and companions of any day so far …by far. As you see in the lead photo (home page), crowds were often so thick around aircraft that a picture barely showed the flying machine. It was a fun if chilly day and the mood of pilots and aircraft reps was upbeat. I was also informed that a number of paid sales went down and prospects are talking seriously about other purchases. Most aircraft vendors know a purchase of this size may warrant additional thought post-event but clearly some customers had come ready to deal. For years I’ve maintained that sector-specific shows like Sebring produce more sales per visitor than the big shows. Neither pilots nor vendors can miss Sun ‘n Fun or Oshkosh and still claim to be true-blue aviators.
Infinity Power Parachutes Commander 912 S-LSA
Phone: (269) 659-9113Sturgis, MI 49091 - USA
Infinity was the first company in the Powered Parachute field to win Special Light-Sport Aircraft approval. Today, they make a line of aircraft from the $11,000 Part 103 model to a deluxe, top-of-the-line two seater with the 100-hp Rotax 912S powerplant that sells for $31,000 (both numbers in early 2010). You can also build an ELSA kit. This video walks you through the company's entire line.
Infinity was the first company in the Powered Parachute field to win Special Light-Sport Aircraft approval. Today, they make a line of aircraft from the $11,000 Part 103 model to a deluxe, top-of-the-line two seater with the 100-hp Rotax 912S powerplant that sells for $31,000 (both numbers in early 2010). You can also build an ELSA kit. This video walks you through the company’s entire line.
|Seating||2, tandem, rear seat elevated|
|Empty weight||485 pounds|
|Gross weight||850 pounds|
|Canopy Area||500 square feet 1|
|Canopy Loading||1.7 pounds/square foot|
|Fuel Capacity||10 gallons|
|Notes:||1 A 550-square foot wing is available, as are elliptical canopies.|
|Standard engine||Rotax 912S|
|Cruise speed||28 mph|
|Rate of climb at gross||900 fpm|
|Takeoff distance at gross||150-600 feet|
|Landing distance at gross||200 feet|
|Options||Rotax 582 (at lower cost), Hybrid or Apco 550 canopy, disc brakes, ceramic-coated exhaust, electric starter, electronic fuel sensor, rear seat canopy controls, optional prop choices, front windscreen, frontal fuselage bars, double prop hoop ring|
The world of light-sport aircraft (LSA) includes five classes of aircraft-airplanes, gliders, powered parachutes, weightshift- control aircraft (commonly called trikes), and lighter-than-air aircraft (balloons and airships). While fixed-wing airplanes may be the most prolific, they are not the only way for flight enthusiasts to take to the sky. Weight-shift trikes and powered parachutes (PPCs) are also popular modes of flights. Each offers a different experience to pilot and passenger. Some fixed-wing pilots claim no interest in powered parachutes. While PPCs certainly aren’t fast, they do offer one of the best viewing platforms in aviation and have attracted a higher percentage of non-pilots as buyers than any other aviation segment. That fact alone should cause more aviators to look closely at them. So far three powered parachute companies have obtained special LSA (S-LSA) approval for their models. The first to achieve this was the Summit 2 from Summit Powered Parachutes in April 2006.
December is a quiet period for many businesses, unless they are involved with consumer retail. It was the first month in 18 that reported no new SLSA. But the Sebring Expo evidently proved to be a motivator as we had no less than four announcements at the show. *** Infinity Power Parachutes of Sturgis, Michigan proudly showed their Commander SE 582 two seater that earned SLSA #45. This represents powered parachute approval #2 and is the first American PPC to win its airworthiness certificate. Commander has altered the structure from my earlier Infinity 2001 report but retains the dual three-inch angle beam structure that provides exceptional strength to Infinity models. Commander’s carriage also continues the flexibility of frontal safety bars as a removable option; primary structure is not affected. Commander 582 has sold for $15,000 but the cost of earning SLSA approval is certain to increase the price.