Texas Aircraft Manufacturing’s brand-new Colt 100 will be formally introduced in summer 2019 at AirVenture Oshkosh. The company is presently completing work to make their ASTM declaration and gain FAA acceptance as a Special Light-Sport Aircraft. In various areas, TAM’s management, lead by CEO Matheus Grande, has retained top people to provide expertise to the new company. This will assure they succeed with demonstrating compliance to ASTM industry consensus standards but also that they present well at events like Oshkosh.
Look for the Colt at EAA exhibit spaces 355, 356, 361 and 362 close to the center of action near Boeing Square. Having seen how this new company handled the inauguration of their new manufacturing facility in Hondo, Texas — attracting the mayor, city leaders, enthusiastic supporters, and even representatives from the Texas Governor’s office — I expect their Oshkosh presence will also grab plenty of attention.
However, good marketing and preparation still demands a quality aircraft and Colt looks to fill that bill beautifully. While a clean-sheet design, Colt was not, as they say, born yesterday.
Chief designer, Caio Jordao — for 12 years the head of Brazilian manufacturer, INPAER — created Colt after previously building more than 400 of his Conquest 180 LSA. This history represents a body of proven engineering and manufacturing knowledge all of which was applied to Colt.
Caio’s son, Diego, is Texas Aircraft’s Chief Test Pilot. After initial flights in the new model, Diego reported it is a fun, docile-handling airplane. As INPAER’s aircraft have accumulated more than 150,000 hours of flight time in Brazil, Colt brings a fine heritage to the state of Texas and to American pilots.
Colt is an all-metal aircraft boasting aluminum-skinned fuselage and wings joined by a welded steel safety cell surrounding the occupants plus a standard-equipment airframe parachute system. Engineers designed around a full Dynon suite of avionics lead by the 10-inch SkyView HDX display plus autopilot.
Following are a few specifications for Colt 100, but please keep in mind that these are preliminary at this time. After the company completes the ASTM compliance steps company officials will be able to confirm numbers and all this can be discovered by visiting the company at Oshkosh.
- Gross weight–1,320 pounds
- Empty weight–835 pounds
- Useful load–485 pounds
- Wing span—32 feet
- Cruise speed at 75% power–110 knots
- Stall speed–38 knots
- Climb rate–800 fpm
- Takeoff roll–520 feet
- Landing roll–250 feet
- Fuel capacity–31.7 gallons
- Baggage capacity–44 pounds
Note: All specifications are subject to change
Phone: 830-423-2067Hondo, TX 78861
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By any measure 2020 has been an unusual year. While millions were thrown out of work by lockdowns to prevent the virus from spreading, we all read or hear that plenty of other workers can work from home or have businesses that cannot be restricted by government decrees.
I always enjoy when a new airplane company arrives on the market and sets plans in motion to expand and improve their flying machine.
This website stresses affordable aviation and that sometimes generates questions or complaints about the cost of modern Light-Sport Aircraft.
How about this for a great way to start off the new year — a brand-new airplane?
Welcome to the newest Special Light-Sport Aircraft, the recently unveiled (at Oshkosh 2019) Texas Aircraft Manufacturing Colt 100.
Video review: Texas Aircraft Colt 100 (0919)
Colt 100 from Texas Aircraft Manufacturing based in Hondo, Texas is a Brazilian Light-Sport Aircraft design.
You know you have a great job when… you get to fly a brand new Light-Sport Aircraft on a bright, beautiful, blue sky day at a Sport Pilot-friendly airport.
In late February, Texas Aircraft invited me to an unveiling ceremony.