Dave Hirschman

Red Bull-inspired Extra coming to USA

June 2, 2010 by Dave Hirschman, Senior Editor

When Walter Extra designed an airplane for the Red Bull pylon air races, he had no idea that his “go-fast” airfoil on the racer would have general aviation applications.
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 . . .

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