|The Freebird Extreme from Freebird Sport Aircraft
was on display at Sun N Fun 2005. This futuristic looking composite
aircraft was designed by William Shaw and Martin Hollmann. The plane
was designed and tested in the early 90's but never entered
The craft and its design rights
were recently purchased by Freebird Sport Aircraft. The prototype
now has 135 hours of flying time, and has been relegated exclusively
to the show circuit. The original craft was built from fibreglass
all of the newer versions being produced are constructed from carbon
The Freebird Extreme is being offered in three
categories, the Light Sport Aircraft category, the Experimental
piston engine category, and the Experimental jet engine category.
The original prototype is powered by a 115 HP
Lycoming engine. The Light Sport Aircraft category planes will have
a thicker wing to reduce the top speed to 138 mph, and the stall
speed to 48 mph to make the category requirements.
The craft features standard three axis controls
with center mounted stick with dual rudder pedals. The front canard
is used for trim and makes the Freebird "stall resistant." Flaps are
being considered for the Light Sport Aircraft version.
In the Light Sport category the plane is offered
in kit form or ready to fly from the factory. The kits can be
purchased in basic and quick build versions. Basic kits should take
between 1200 and 1500 hours to build. Quick build options will cut
these times by approximately 50%.
It is expected the production models will be
flying at Oshkosh.
For more information contact:
Freebird Sport Aircraft
29007 Silver Fox Drive
Tega Cay SC 29708