Carl Valeri, my co-host over at the Stuck Mic AvCast, an aviation podcast about Learning to Fly, Living to Fly, and Loving to Fly, recently attended the US Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, FL. One of the companies in attendance is a new aircraft in the emerging Light Sport Aircraft arena, a Canadian company by the name of Haim Aviation.
You can hear Carl's interview with the folks at Haim Aviation here on Stuck Mic AvCast Episode #17a – A Sebring Sport Aviation Expo Special Edition. Simply fast forward to 1hr 30min in the timeline to access this interview directly.
In addition to the interview above, here's a press release provided by the folks at Haim Aviation about the Sam LS light sport aircraft currently in prototype production.
The Sam LS doesn’t look like the rest of the LSA on the market: The Sam LS from Haim aviation has a funky 1930’s retro look, complete with a greenhouse canopy and art deco wheel pants. The Sam LS has a retro silhouette but it’s a modern design. It’s a low wing, semi-monocoque structure using a 4130 steel protection cage, covered with aluminum. Designed to welcome tall persons, the cabin offers comfortable space to accommodate 6′.6'’ pilots in a tandem configuration with the pilot in the front.
Tricycle and classical configurations are available. The Sam is powered by a Rotax 100hp, and features a glass cockpit with a 10’’ Dynon skyview and back-up instruments. The Sam was designed to accept three different wings without any additional airframe modifications. This architecture offers the possibility to modify the aircraft's flight characteristics by simply changing the outboard wings.
We are currently building the prototype in our production facility at the Lachute airport in the Montreal region of Canada.
The Sam was designed compliant with LSA – ASTM standards and the Canadian AULA standards.
Its modularity makes the Sam perfectly adapted for leisure flights, long-distance flights as well as for short take-offs and landings.
The Sam LS will be unveiled at Oshkosh 2012. Introductory price of the ready to fly version will be USD135.000. The first 5 orders will receive more than $4,000 in additional equipment including leather interior, 600X6 tires, complete dual control system as well as a 7” Dynon screen for the passenger.
Visit haim-aviation.com for more information
You can also follow the construction of the prototype on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/HAIM-Aviation-Inc/300315806685253