Corbi Air has developed an air conditioning system light enough for small general aviation aircraft, including Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA). The launch customer is the S-LSA Alto (pictured below).
The gross weight limit of 1,320 pounds for the LSA category is an “imposing obstacle” for most who want to “civilize” their machines, but the Alto already had excellent useful load, said Corbi Air President Ron Corbi.
“Because of its compact size and light weight, the air conditioning system fit easily into the Alto,” he said. “Even with the 28-volt alternator we added to the Rotax 912S engine, the AMT-developed system allows us to retain one of the largest useful loads in the class.”
The system is all-electric, so the standard 12-volt Rotax system, common in LSA, is augmented by an independent alternator and small 24-volt batteries. “Because it is compact, light, and powerful, the system is ideal for other small aircraft, including Experimental-class aircraft, many of which already employ a 24-volt system and thus would not require electrical system modifications,” noted Dan Coffey, development engineer at Corbi Air.
Corbi Air is the distributor of the Alto LSA, and is also the supplier of the AMT air conditioning system.
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