But, as it turns out, many buyers of Extra’s aerobatic airplanes – particularly U.S. buyers – want greater speed and range, and they’re not necessarily interested in competitive aerobatics where participants must stay in a 1,000-square-meter “box.”
Extra’s answer is a new aircraft known as the Extra 330 LT (the L is for “low wing,” and T is for “tourer”). The LT has a non-symmetrical airfoil optimized for speed, range, and strength.
The airplane cruises at 190 KTAS and has a top speed of 205 KTAS, holds 58 gallons of fuel giving it a range of 580 nm – and it’s rated for plus or minus 10 Gs. The LT comes with digital, IFR-capable avionics (Garmin GNS430W and Aspen PFD/MFD) and it is powered by a 315-horsepower Lycoming AEIO-580 “Thunderbolt”engine. The LT is now undergoing a certification test program in Germany and is likely to make its debut at EAA Airventure in Oshkosh, Wisc., this summer.
I recently had the opportunity to fly the LT in Germany and it’s an animal. Details to follow in AOPA Pilot magazine . . .