WACO Classic has expanded its product line with the Great Lakes Model 2T-1A-1/2, a fully aerobatic 180-hp aircraft targeted at pilots and flight schools looking for “a highly capable aerobatic aircraft with docile handling attributes,” according to company officials.
The aircraft was most recently produced in the 1980, and is type certificated in the aerobatic category. The design and construction techniques are very similar to the current Waco YMF-5D biplane produced by Waco Classic; however, the airplane is smaller and features simple avionics and systems, company officials noted.
Preliminary pricing for the Touring model fitted with a Lycoming IO-360-B1F6 is $219,000. The higher performance Sport model will feature the Lycoming AEIO-360-B1F6 engine, priced at $239,000.
Current plans are to introduce the airplane at this year’s Sun ‘n Fun in April, with production starting late summer 2011, and first deliveries in early 2012.
The new Great Lakes annual sales are expected to be 10 to 12 aircraft a year and require an additional 20 production technicians, engineers and support staff, company officials noted.
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