Evektor will always be First… that is, the Czech company gained the very first Special Light-Sport Aircraft approval back in April 2005 and no one can ever take that first-in-class title away from them. Now they are also the newest approval, before AirVenture 2011 anyway. Congratulations to Evektor Aerotechnik and their U.S. representatives including Steve Minnich’s Dreams Come True operation in Dayton, Ohio. *** “I got a call right at lunch time that the Evektor Harmony LSA, N905EH, just received her airworthiness certificate,” Steve wrote on July 13th. How is Harmony different than the SportStar series (SE, Plus, Max, Max IFR)? Steve helped out with an informative summary. *** “The wing and tail surfaces are tapered and the wings and horizontal stabilizer have greater span so the wing area is actually the same. Both rudder and ailerons are larger giving a higher crosswind capability and the rudder pedal linkages exit through the floor rather than penetrating the firewall. Even the firewall is extended 100 mm (approx. 4 inches) so the rudders not only adjust in three positions, but now may be mounted in 3 locations. This new flexibility gives tall pilots an option to move the whole rudder assembly forward, or move it aft if shorter folks are going to be flying regularly. The wheel pants (which Europeans sometimes call ‘spats’), and gear leg fairings have been redesigned and are closer fitting and more aerodynamic. There are other refinements that are important, though less obvious. The rudder/brake pedals truly are aviation style components.” *** Steve continued, “The canopy latch has been changed to a double latch similar to an automotive style providing both a latched and a locked position. The fuel bypass now returns to both tanks not just the left and those tanks now hold 31 gallons. The nose gear has been redesigned and the steering, still directly linked, has been changed so the sensitivity is ground adjustable. Finally, an optional air handling unit is now available for positive air circulation while on the ground.” *** The wing and empennage treatment may seem subtle at first but on closer examination, the Harmony enjoys more refined lines. Evektor has constantly been improving this benchmark aircraft and this 2011 model takes that to the limit. Come see the new Harmony at AirVenture 2011 in space 441, just east of the new FAA control tower. See you there!