Texas Aircraft "Colt" LSA

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Re: Texas Aircraft "Colt" LSA

Postby Wm.Ince » Fri Jul 26, 2019 1:16 pm

Sling 2 Pilot wrote:. . . I’m betting they are jumping at having a viable A/C in the works, if and when the FAA makes changes It looks pretty good, I like the cantilevered wing. With the 915iS, it will perform as well as their Sling TSi, albeit a few knots slower, per Mike Blythe.

Good choice on the Rotax 915. That is becoming a popular option.
Interested if it will be IFR capable.
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Re: Texas Aircraft "Colt" LSA

Postby Sling 2 Pilot » Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:27 pm

Wm.Ince wrote:
Sling 2 Pilot wrote:. . . I’m betting they are jumping at having a viable A/C in the works, if and when the FAA makes changes It looks pretty good, I like the cantilevered wing. With the 915iS, it will perform as well as their Sling TSi, albeit a few knots slower, per Mike Blythe.

Good choice on the Rotax 915. That is becoming a popular option.
Interested if it will be IFR capable.


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Re: Texas Aircraft "Colt" LSA

Postby Warmi » Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:40 pm

Sling 2 Pilot wrote:
Scooper wrote:
Sling 2 Pilot wrote:Oh, and it's a FOUR seater...

TimTaylor wrote:So, why compare it to the Colt LSA?

That would be my question, too. How does a four place airplane compete with a two place LSA for pilots exercising the privileges of a Sport Pilot?


Stan, I’m betting they are jumping at having a viable A/C in the works, if and when the FAA makes changes to the LSA rules. Just my opinion. No specs yet, a work in progress. It looks pretty good, I like the cantilevered wing. With the 915iS, it will perform as well as their Sling TSi, albeit a few knots slower, per Mike Blythe.



Yep. The change is coming ,sooner or later,but it is coming and having a plane ready to compete in the newly redefined Light Sport market would be a distinct business advantage.
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Re: Texas Aircraft "Colt" LSA

Postby drseti » Fri Jul 26, 2019 10:27 pm

Warmi wrote:Yep. The change is coming ,sooner or later,but it is coming


I wish I could share your optimism. As I recall, Jack Pelton's claim that LSA weight was about to be increased was made at AirVenture 2018. We were told an NPRM was imminent. Well, it's been a year, and still nothing from FAA. I remain highly skeptical that anything will come of this.
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Re: Texas Aircraft "Colt" LSA

Postby c162pilot » Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:38 am

So while at Oshkosh last week I spoke with Ken Krueger the designer of the Vashon Ranger he implied that a weight change was closer than one would think, hinting at the end of this year, and at that time they would raise the weight to 1,450 lbs even though the Ranger has been tested to 1,500 pounds. I also spoke with Dan Johnson who stated emphatically that it is probably in the 2021-2023 timeframe. Go figure.

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Re: Texas Aircraft "Colt" LSA

Postby JJay » Tue Jul 30, 2019 11:18 am

I, for one, would not take much stock in what someone says about dates when their goal is to sell airplanes (I refer to Ken, not Dan). I chuckle every time someone on this forum reports what they heard about LSA rules changes from sales people at Oshkosh this year. Sales people are eternal optimists, or they aren't very good at their job. (And, IMHO, everyone who works for an airplane manufacturer is a sales person).
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Re: Texas Aircraft "Colt" LSA

Postby Otto » Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:38 pm

I'd think a sales guy would downplay the rule change. If they up the weight limit there will be all sorts of new options possibly worth waiting for. And no guarantee they are going to allow existing aircraft to operate at the higher limit regardless of initial design limits.

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Re: Texas Aircraft "Colt" LSA

Postby Nomore767 » Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:39 pm

The Colt is a fantastic LSA just as it is.

I always find it odd when folks outline their flying “mission” then when a manufacturer meets that mission, the same folks now want IFR & night capability, higher weight, more gadgets etc
Which are all available now in non LSA types of aircraft which meet their new “mission”.

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Re: Texas Aircraft "Colt" LSA

Postby chicagorandy » Sat Sep 28, 2019 8:54 am

Dan Johnson just posted a nice video taken at the LSA Expo in Mt Vernon with the Colt factory pilot .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkPD07-z0Wc
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Re: Texas Aircraft "Colt" LSA

Postby Scooper » Sat Sep 28, 2019 9:11 am

chicagorandy wrote:Dan Johnson just posted a nice video taken at the LSA Expo in Mt Vernon with the Colt factory pilot .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkPD07-z0Wc

Thanks for the link, Randy. It's a pretty impressive airplane, sort of a 2 place mini-172.
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Re: Texas Aircraft "Colt" LSA

Postby chicagorandy » Sat Sep 28, 2019 12:24 pm

Working load aside, and yes, I do believe they are counting on FAA upping the load limits - the leather appointments in the interior really increase the eye appeal and 'pizzazz' of the plane. Like what you'd expect/demand for something costing as much as entry level Aston Martin.
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