Extra EA-500

March 27, 2012 - 3:40pm

The annual Sun ’n’ Fun light aircraft convention opened today in Lakeland, Fla., with product-enhancement announcements from several exhibitors.

Cessna will add optional flight into known icing (FIKI) capability to its Corvalis TTX high-performance piston single through an integrated wet system molded into the aircraft’s composite wings.

August 26, 2011 - 8:25am

Extra Aircraft’s attempt to build an assembly facility in Montrose, Colo., may have failed, but that has not stopped the company from delivering German-registered Extra 500 turboprop singles in the U.S.

October 12, 2010 - 12:37pm

Tomorrow night the Montrose County (Colo.) Commission will consider a revised incentive package aimed at luring Extra Aircraft to build an assembly plant there for its all-composite EA-500 turboprop single. The original deal involved a land transfer that required the county to pay Extra $2.2 million for donated land and provide other incentives, essentially capitalizing a large share of the company’s site start-up costs.

September 30, 2010 - 12:24pm

The deal to build an Extra EA-500 assembly plant in Montrose, Colo., has hit a significant snag. Earlier this summer, the company announced plans to assemble the $1.65 million single-engine turboprop at a site on the Montrose Airport and potentially hire up to 100 employees, but now county manager Jesse Smith maintains that the county cannot provide a key element of a $2.6 million incentive package–cash.

July 27, 2010 - 11:03am

Extra Aircraft announced plans Friday to produce the dormant carbon-fiber-fuselage Extra 500 turboprop single in Montrose, Colo., for $1.65 million per copy, with initial customer deliveries beginning late this year or early next. Extra Aircraft intends to send an initial group of seven to 10 employees to Extra’s factory in Dinslaken, Germany, for production training by summer’s end.

August 4, 2008 - 11:09am

Extra Flugzeugbau of Hunxe, Germany, has operated under insolvency (similar to Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S.) since January and has reportedly been in negotiations with a U.S. investor group for the past several months.

May 5, 2008 - 11:57am

The turboprop variant of the Extra-400, a pressurized six-seat, all-composite airplane built by Extra Flugzeugbau in Hunxe, Germany, made its first flight on April 26, but on April 30 after a 30-min flight the two test pilots on board were forced to make a landing short of the runway. Handling problems were the cause and the damage was minor, according to Tan Siekmann of Extra.

January 11, 2008 - 5:40am

German airframer Extra Flugzeugbau of Hunxe entered insolvency last month, similar to Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S.

December 17, 2007 - 11:02am

In the past, turboprop singles used for business flying typically did not offer the speed, load capability or systems redundancy of turboprop twins, though singles have amassed a comparable safety record. But the differences between them are disappearing with the advent of new breed of turboprop singles destined to enter the market in the next two or three years.

July 18, 2007 - 6:48am

Extra Aircraft’s six-seat Extra 500 turboprop single received European Aviation Safety Agency certification last month. According to company officials, production of the Rolls-Royce 250-B17F/2-powered composite airplane is ready to begin at the company’s facility in Hunxe, Germany, as soon as the pending FAA approval is obtained. The first production aircraft is expected to be finished in December.

 
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