Extra 500 turboprop lands in U.S.

Extra Aircraft’s new Rolls Royce-powered, six-seat, pressurized 500 Spirit turboprop is now available in North America.

The product of nearly 30 years of building and certifying world champion aerobatic aircraft, the Extra 500 Spirit benefits from aerodynamic shapes only achievable with carbon fiber composite construction, according to company officials. The use of carbon fiber has resulted in a lighter, larger cabin for the 500 Spirit and permitted the use of the 207-pound Rolls Royce engine, officials add, resulting in a fuel burn of 19 gph and a range of 1,600 miles.

The Extra 500 Spirit is the first OEM aircraft to incorporate Avidyne’s new state of the art Entegra II Release 9 avionics system with a powerful Flight Management system (FMS), company officials said. The system offers worldwide satellite weather, active traffic display, infra red forward vision, lightening detection, and charts.

Extra also has appointed three Extra Aircraft Sales Centers for its North America customer sales and support: Mid Island Air Service on Long Island, N.Y.;  Premier Aircraft Sales of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and USAero LLC of Denver.

The Extra 500 Spirit will be on tour at major cities in the US from June 16 until Aug. 1.

For more information: ExtraAircraft.com

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