Hot and heavy before the Sun ‘n Fun airshow opens, cool and light SLSA are on the fast track to approval. The latest announcement from Just Aircraft — formerly of Idaho and now of Walhallo, South Carolina — represents the 33rd aircraft model to qualify. Company spokesmen Harry Berndt and Troy Woodland informed me today that their brand new, Rotax 914-powered Highlander Extreme won its certificate from an FAA examiner. The turbo-boosted Extreme model from a company that built its reputation designing rugged, light kits seems appropriate for bush or short field operations at high elevations. Extreme’s taller gear and bigger tires and an aluminum leading edge wrap are geared to enhance this capability. Troy flew the plane from the company’s short strip and remarked excitedly, “It was off the ground in 30 feet (into a light breeze)!” They plan to show the model at Sun ‘n Fun 2006.
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