U.S. Light Aircraft
arrived late at Sun N Fun but their recently completed aircraft took
the 48 hour drive in it's trailer in stride. The new Super Hornet
which is based on the HKS engine B model version of the Hornet is
being offered with the 912 100 HP Rotax engine.
To accommodate the
912 a new motor mount was developed that the engine sits on rather
than being hung like on the Hirth and Rotax versions. The Super
Hornet is being offered in ready to fly factory built, and in kit
form. In kit form the wings and fuselage come completely built ready
The customer only
has to build the flaps and ailerons, cable the plane, install the
engine, instruments, wiring, fabric and paint. This should take an
experienced builder 300 to 350 hours. This time can stretch out to
400 or 500 hours for a less experienced individual.
Cruise using the
912 S engine comes in at 110 mph. Stall with flaps comes in at under
45 mph. and climb well over 1000 feet per minute.
To balance the
Hornet for the 912 engine, counter balance weights are available
that fit onto specially designed holders in the front of the plane.
This weight is all calculated out using a Excel Spread sheet
Suspension on the
Super Hornet is still supplied by air bags on all three wheels. The
brake system has been moved from the stick to a side lever. The
flaps and tail trim are electrically operated from the joy stick.
Dual controls are
standard three axis with center mounted sticks and dual rudder
pedals, and left hand throttles. For parking the Hornet has a little
"Stinger" that drops down to support the tail.
The factory will
be moving in the near future to a 4,000 square foot facility at the
Ramona Airport, in Ramona California.