Getting back to the original thread. I think the question could be rephrased, why are there STOL high wing metal LSA's kits but no "fast". The STOL configuration generally ads lift at the expense of speed.
What if I don't care about landing on a dirt strip on the plateu of a mesa or some box canyon somewhere? I would rather have the extra 20 kts.
In the LSA catagory there are metal stol high wings. There are metal low wings. There are metal mid wings. There are even metal non-stol high wings. All but the last can be found in a kit or plans.
It isn't a question of engineering because the plane I envision already exists. Basically it is the AMD Patriot, with perhaps a lighter engine, jabiru or rotax.
This isn't rocket science is it? Well, er....maybe it is.
The question seems to have been answered, although you may not like the answer. The existing kit plane manufacturers apparently don't see enough of a market to cover development costs. This fails to surprise me, personally; the STOL / high-wing association is strong in many pilots' minds.
You may have already heard this Jerry, but if you haven't, the AMD Patriot has been canceled....they had problems with their supplier down in Brazil (?) and won't be making the aircraft. Instead look for the CH750....Another STOL high wing!
well, it seems that Pipistrel decided to upgrade the Virus SW to meet the challenge of producing a high speed LSA - although its published performance would certainly disqualify it for being a LSA. The newsletter release (I suspect it got out before it was supposed to) doesn't indicate whether they're going to offer a kit version, but probably will.
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