March 16, 2021
We were only slightly affected by the ongoing COVID-19/Corona/WuhuFlu virus and the several hurricanes that popped up last summer. Our county had relatively few cases, and the Williston airport (X60), as an essential service, always remained open for business. The hurricanes sometimes threatened, but in the end, they always missed us. If you are interested in visiting us for a tour or demo, you are welcome, as always. We’re open.
Our Canadian builder who installed a Mazda Wankel engine has successfully flown off his 25 hours since his first flight in August 2020. Canadian rules require only 25 hours instead of the normal 40 for a US registered plan.
His has been a true experimental and has required incremental improvements to the engine cooling system and engine tuning. The plane is equipped with a ground adjustable Sensenich propeller, which took some fine tuning for the best performance. So far, the performance has been similar to other planes with fixed pitch propellers. Since the builder lives in Canada, he has a long commute between work sessions. He has been stuck in Canada for several months due to the virus and travel restrictions.
A new RAI-6 customer requested that we install our first ballistic parachute system (BRS). We are working with BRS and are installing it in a manner similar to an installation in an RV-10.
The installed cost will be approximately $42,000.
N454WS now has a new owner from Oregon, which will double our fleet on the west coast. He gave it a new paint job, a constant speed prop, and is having a new interior put in. The interior job has been a slow go. We will post pictures when it is ready.
For those who may be interested in an alternative engine instead of a standard aircraft engine, we may have a one-time good deal. We received a call from AutoPSRUS that they have a complete LS-1 firewall forward package, ready to run on an RAI-6. It is from a cancelled installation and is now for sale for $25,000. It will need a propeller and engine monitor.
Our most recent RAI-1 project is nearing completion in our Williston build center. It has the now-standard full wet wing and a 33-gallon Turtle Pack auxiliary tank that will sit in the right seat, for a total of about 118 gallons. This should give him the range to fly from somewhere on the west coast to his second home in Maui with about a 500-mile reserve. He has an IO-360 with a Whirlwind three blade propeller and an EFII electronic fuel injection and ignition system. Needless to say, when he begins flight testing, there will be plenty of emphasis on range calculations.
We have two RAI-1 Tango for sale. One has been flying for several years. It has an O-360 and a three-blade fixed pitch Catto prop. The second is a nearly completed plane that never flew, but has done a taxi test. It has a GM Ecotec engine behind an AutoPSRUS reduction drive. Both owners are selling because of medical problems. We will be publishing details on both planes in the future. In the meantime, feel free to call us at 352-528-0982