Last week Lycoming Engines hosted Stu Horn, president of Aviat Aircraft, who flew the company’s Aviat Husky CNG to Williamsport, Pa., which is powered by a Lycoming IO-360-A1D6. The engine was modified to be the world’s first dual-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) aircraft, and can be powered by CNG or 100LL aviation gasoline with the flip of a switch. Members of the Lycoming engineering team gathered to examine the engine and its modifications during the visit.
Aviat Aircraft has received FAA approval for a new, shock-absorbing landing gear for the A-1C Husky. The gear will be standard equipment on all three versions of the Husky: those equipped with the 160, 180 and 200 hp engines. The 180 and 200 hp models have also been granted a 50-pound gross weight increase.
Aviat Aircraft has signed a dealership agreement with Steve Landers of Airpro, who will be responsible for sales in Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin. Airpro, which was founded in October 2006, is located at Saline County Airport in Bryant, Ark.
Alaska Bushwheel has just completed the FAA’s approval process for utilizing a new tailwheel assembly on Aviat Aircraft’s Husky A-1C.
The new tailwheel features a three leaf steel tail spring that weighs 2.5 pounds less than the old five leaf model and is approved for the Husky’s 2,200 pound gross weight.
The aluminum floats weigh 409 pounds, but only add 295 pounds after the landing gear is removed, according to Aviat officials. The PK2250A floats do not require a ventral fin, saving owners $3,600 and re-installation every season.