The fourth Evolution by Lancair is now flying. On Dec. 20, Jeff Edwards flew his new Evolution for the first time.
Jeff and Shelby Edwards of Chesterfield, Mo., began construction of their PT6-powered Evolution kit with a two-week builder’s assist program at the Lancair factory in May and then, assisted by Brian Harris of Composite Approach in Redmond, Ore., brought it to first flight in eight months. Their Evolution passed its FAA D.A.R. Airworthiness inspection on the first try, about a week before the first flight. Edwards reports final preparations for the first flight went smoothly and N818SJ took off Dec. 20 from KRDM at 2:47 p.m.
Edwards, a former Naval Flight Officer (A-6), accident investigator (Avsafe, LLC), and former Flight Instructor of the Year, reported no problems during the 30-minute first flight.
Jeff and Shelby are no strangers to building a Lancair as they took delivery of a Lancair IV-P kit in 1999 and in three years produced an award-winning aircraft.
The Lancair Evolution is a high-performance, pressurized, all composite, four-place owner built single available with either a Pratt & Whitney PT-6 Turboprop engine or a Lycoming TEO-540 iE2 electronically controlled piston engine.
For more information: Lancair.com.